Leakegate

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A story on climate change by Jonathan Leake that is reprinted in the Australian is pretty well guaranteed to misrepresent the science. And it does — you only have to compare the headline for Leake’s story “Cyclone climate link rejected” with Nature Geosciences headline “Tropical cyclone projection: Fewer but stronger” for the new paper and…

This Jonathan Leake story on the evolution of Polar Bears broke the embargo on this PNAS paper. Ivan Oransky quotes PNAS media and communications manager Jonathan Lifland: The majority of our infrequent embargo violations are accidental and typically the result of mislabeled copy that does not properly list the 3 p.m. EST Monday embargo expiration.…

Satoshi Kanazawa has an interesting post about how British Newspapers Make Things Up: I hope American and British readers (and readers throughout the world) will finally wake up to the reality of British journalism: You just cannot believe what you read in British newspapers. I’d further call on my academic colleagues on both sides of…

Clive Hamilton on the War on Science

Clive Hamilton has written a five part series on the attacks on climate science in Australia: Bullying, lies and the rise of right-wing climate denial. I already mentioned this one Who is orchestrating the cyber-bullying?. Andrew Bolt gets a special mention for his hate mongering. Think tanks, oil money and black ops. The think tanks…

Leakegate roundup

Coverage of the Leakegate scandal is spreading. Media Lens has published a media alert about the disinformation about climate science being published by British newspapers. Leake, as the worst offender, gets special mention. They quote James Hansen: “The media have done a great disservice to the public. This mess should be cleared up in the…

Last September Jonathan Leake wrote a story Heart attacks plummet after smoking ban in which he stated: The ban on public smoking has caused a fall in heart attack rates of about 10%, a study has found. … The research into heart attack rates in England is being led by Anna Gilmore of Bath University.…

We’ve already seen how Jonathan Leake fabricates his stories by quote mining his sources and stovepiping claims from Global Warming deniers. His story on “Africagate” provides another example: The most important is a claim that global warming could cut rain-fed north African crop production by up to 50% by 2020, a remarkably short time for…

Oh look! Another Jonathan Leake story Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research. While millions of people tap into Google without considering the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2…

Here’s a game you can play at home. All you need is a search engine. Take a Jonathan Leake science story with a dramatic headline. For example, Facebook fans do worse in exams. Then do a search on the headline. You win if you can find complaints by scientists that their research was misrepresented by…

Via PZ Myers I find Bruce M Hood’s story of how Jonathan Leake misrepresented Hood’s work: Well, what did I expect? A fair representation in the press and a balanced view from commentators? Come off it. … First, most of the articles in the press are based on the original article in The Sunday Times…