The Loom

A bit of journalistic irony. Last week I groused that a new paper on methane from plants was getting very little attention in the press, despite the fact that it refutes a 2006 paper published in Nature that got lots of press. I wished aloud that the situation would be set right. Well, five days later, a few more sites have published the press release, but I’ve only seen one new piece of original reporting.

It appears in the news section of today’s issue of Nature. Hats off to Nature for making room for some uncomfortable news.


  1. #1 daenku32
    May 2, 2007

    Well, we all know how quickly media picks up on Nature articles…

    PS. Glenn Beck tonight appears to make the argument that research like this one is only done by Marxists with aspirations for UN controlled one-world government. Yeah, that old bag. As much as there has been talk about framing evolutionary talk, this rejection of science due to an assumption of global conspiracy requires some serious rethinking along the same lines.

  2. #2 Jongpil Yun
    May 2, 2007

    The fact that Glenn Beck is arguing about global warming absolutely kills me. Not only does he not know what he’s talking about, he’s arguing about a facet of the debate which has absolutely no bearing on the outcome.

  3. #3 BC
    May 4, 2007

    The link attached to “It appears in the news section of today’s issue of Nature.” leads to a registration page. Apparently, Carl has a subscription to Nature. Those of us who don’t can’t read what this uncomfortable news is all about.

  4. #4 Carl Zimmer
    May 4, 2007

    Sorry about that, BC. If it’s any consolation, Oliver Morton blogs on all this over at Nature’s new climate blog.

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