The [London] Times has liberally papered London underground carriages with a fascinating new ad campaign. One poster shows a ship navigating some treacherous icy waters, with the accompanying copy reading:Climate change has allowed the Northeast Passage to be used as a commercial shipping route for the first time.
How warm is the climate? It's so warm it's impossible to fact check a story!
Impressive - if only it were true. The Northeast Passage has been opened for commerce since 1934 - and never 'closed'.Over the years hundreds of thousands of freighters have passed through ...
(I'm here all week. Try the veal)
Glad they have all those layers of editors and fact checkers. Filed under the tag "idiots" because they are.
UPDATE 7 October 2009 11:27: Welcome visitors from Tam's place! Boy, I go into a meeting this morning* and come out to find eleventy-zillion of y'all stopping by. I'm baksing in the glow of knowing that she thought my snark was quotable. Teh Snark: I haz it. Thanks, Tam.
Make sure to read Grumpy Student's comment on this, which provides a boots-on-the-ground perspective. I'd also recommend you check out my Junk Science category, which has quite a bit on the whole Anthropogenic Global Warming biz, and why I'm very skeptical. Cliff Notes version: the models don't explain the historical record, researchers often refuse to release their data, and what data is released is astonishingly bad.
* Meeting, (MEET-ing) n. A gathering where the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.