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BBC Forget Accuracy And Impartiality Again

May 17, 2016
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By Paul Homewood

 

h/t Stewgreen

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-36299541

 

The BBC have a duty to report “with due accuracy and impartiality”. Read their latest propaganda piece and decide for yourselves:

 

 

A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change.

A study by Christian Aid says the US, China and India are among the countries most threatened.

It says the Indian cities of Kolkata and Mumbai will be most at risk.

The eight most vulnerable cities on the list are all in Asia, followed by Miami in the US.

The report urges governments to take action to reduce global warming and invest in disaster reduction programmes.

Dr Alison Doig, the report‘s author, told the BBC World Service that people living in large coastal cities were particularly at risk.

"I think it’s cities like Kolkata, Dakar, the big mega-cities of the south and the emerging economies where the people are most vulnerable to exposure to sea-level rises and to higher rain events," she said.

"Flooding in these cities can cause massive damage, but can also threaten life."

Dr Doig warned that Florida was likely to suffer extensive flooding.

"The whole of Florida is totally vulnerable," she said.

"It is so low-lying, it is virtually swampland reclaimed. So significant climate change… raising water half to a full metre this century, will take out an awful lot of Florida and a significant amount of Miami."

The study says that the priority should be to rapidly reduce carbon emissions and limit temperature increase by switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.

It says vulnerable communities must be helped by better protecting homes and livelihoods.

The study also calls for international systems to help communities recover from devastating storms and floods.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-36299541

 

In a very narrow sense, they could argue that all they have done is report on what Christian Aid have said, and therefore the article is accurate. However, even under this definition, they have omitted some important and relevant information. For instance, the Christian Aid study makes clear that one of the major factors is population growth in coastal cities. Indeed they point out that 625 million are already at risk from flooding.

They also identify the problems that development are bringing:

 

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They also discuss the problems brought about by the failure in cities like Lagos to properly maintain drainage systems.

None of this is mentioned by the BBC.

 

The BBC also don’t mention the fact that this is not a scientific study about sea level rise; indeed they give the impression that it is. They could have mentioned the fact that the author, Dr Alison Doig, is not a climate scientist, much less an expert on sea levels.

According to LinkedIn, she is  Principal Climate Change Advisor at Christian Aid. Her previous experience includes:

  • Environment, Development and Communications Consultant
  • Senior Public Affairs Officer with WWF
  • Energy Campaigner with Practical Action.

Doig’s study includes one page, which rounds up some of the more outlandish projections for sea level rise, but basically consists of adding up population numbers in coastal cities. In no way is this a study presenting anything new about sea levels. You would be forgiven for not realising that from the BBC’s account.

 

As for impartiality, the BBC make no mention at all about other, less alarmist projections about sea level rise. And nowhere is there any mention of the actual rise in sea levels. In Florida, for instance, sea levels have been rising at only about 2mm/year since the early 20thC, and the fastest rate of rise was prior to 1970.

 

 

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http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/50yr.htm?stnid=8720030

 

And at Bombay, the rate of rise is not only much less still, but sea levels have actually fallen since 1960.

 

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http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_global_station.htm?stnid=500-041

 

And at Diamond Harbour, Calcutta, most of the sea level rise recorded was prior to 1970, since when things have remained pretty stable.

Bombay and Calcutta are, of course, the cities described by the BBC as most at risk.

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http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/sltrends_global_station.htm?stnid=500-131

 

The BBC have published an extremely one sided and incomplete article about an study written by a climate change activist. They have presented it as a serious, scientific piece of work, and failed to mention that the background of the author.

They have also failed to introduce any countervailing evidence or arguments.

On almost any other subject, there would be alternative opinions offered. If this had been a less alarmist study, (and assuming the BBC even published it), there would certainly be a list of “other experts say” lined up to offer their more alarmist views.

 

The BBC might just as well have asked Ms Doig to write the article for them. But, there again, maybe she did!

26 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2016 10:55 am

    Dakar?

  2. Broadlands permalink
    May 17, 2016 12:07 pm

    No problem? Take the charts and add a “hockey stick” at the end of each as required by the forecasts.

  3. May 17, 2016 12:07 pm

    Another career charidee parasite wibbling the sort of made up tosh that gets the twerps at BBC Online all moist….

    This is 5* box ticking oxygen larceny on stilts with heels.

    Indistinguishable from parody but lacking the comedic bit.

  4. May 17, 2016 12:10 pm

    A quick look at Google shows Ali is a member of this lot, – which explains a bit…..

  5. Broadlands permalink
    May 17, 2016 12:11 pm

    Pacific Atolls…

    http://na.unep.net/geas/getUNEPPageWithArticleIDScript.php?article_id=56

    “Another study related to sea-level rise (Webb and Kench 2010) appears to contradict the general anticipation that the impacts of climate change will eventually make low-lying reef islands unable to support human occupation. It uses aerial and satellite images taken over the past 60 years, a time during which there is evidence that sea levels have risen, to compare the landform dynamics of 27 atoll islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The study found that as a whole, instead of declining, the islands grew in land area by a total of 63 ha or seven percent.
    The research findings show that although sea level in the central Pacific Ocean rose by about 2.0 mm/yr over the study period and that all 27 islands changed physically during that time, there is considerable variation in the amount and style of change between and among the islands, with an overall net increase in land area; 86 percent of the islands remained relatively stable or their outline or shape increased in size. Twelve of the 27 islands increased in size by more than three percent but only four islands reduced in area by more than three percent.”

    2.0 mm/yr for 60 years… 4.75 inches… 0.12 meters.

  6. May 17, 2016 12:27 pm

    The BBC are just a pseudo political organisation using our money to broadcast pro-EU pro-climate idiocy anti-engineering anti-industry anti-commerce anti-British propaganda.

  7. Bloke down the pub permalink
    May 17, 2016 12:53 pm

    If these cities are growing at such a rate, one might think that if they thought sea level change was a problem they’d design new buildings to take that into account.

  8. May 17, 2016 2:14 pm

    I bet that “charity” gets EU funding

    • May 17, 2016 8:31 pm

      Oh and the rest – do nip over and have a look at Alison’s club at bond.org (British Overseas NGOs for Development
      (trading as Bond)) and their EU advocacy and engagement seminars… here and then their annual report is a hoot – here (NOT linked from their web site!) – the connections are legion ….

      • dennisambler permalink
        May 18, 2016 10:35 am

        Just think how much higher the unemployment figures would be without all these groups……

  9. Neil C permalink
    May 17, 2016 2:53 pm

    If you haven’t already watched this video https://youtu.be/UTMxfAkxfQ0 you really should.

    It highlights perfectly why we should not be in the EU.

  10. May 17, 2016 3:03 pm

    Each tidal station for the last 5 years has a high rate – in keeping with an approximate 11 year cycle (solar) that is easily seen. So the next few years should see a reversal.

    The alarmists see the present as special times, just as every end-times Christian does. The past has no relevance when you believe God will soon walk on Earth again or the sins of Man will soon bring about Gaia’s righteous wrath.

    • M E Emberson permalink
      May 17, 2016 8:12 pm

      The end will be a new heavens and a new earth. Second letter of Peter 3:10

  11. Tim Hammond permalink
    May 17, 2016 3:33 pm

    Here’s a somewhat cheaper suggestion that doesn’t involve radically changing our economies – persuade people to move to cities that aren’t threatened.

  12. The Old Bloke permalink
    May 17, 2016 5:05 pm

    Somebody asked: Do they get EU funding?
    Oh yes and guess what? It is Christian Aid week.
    http://www.christianaid.org.uk/aboutus/institutional-funding/institutional-funding.aspx

  13. ray permalink
    May 17, 2016 5:13 pm

    According to the the theories of Q B Lu (Profesor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo {home of “Maple” for afficianados of mathematical computing})
    sea levels WILL rise slightly for another decade or two while global temperature anomalies WILL fall from now on. His theories regard man-made CFCs as the cause of the slight global warming of the last few decades. It follows from his suggested mechanisms that the effect of the latter will decline, as the existing CFC gases disappear – at a rate of 1% per annum – while nothing is being added, after international agreement.

  14. May 17, 2016 5:25 pm

    Lies are never specific at particulars , Truth can be recognized by the details ! Was not it an englishman who said this ? Somerset Maughan may be ?

  15. Bitter&twisted permalink
    May 17, 2016 10:00 pm

    Dr Alison Doig is Senior Scam Artist, Climate Change Conwoman and Subsidy Sucking Manager at UK international development agency Christian Aid. She has worked for more than 20 years as an international crook, pushing low-carbon ripoffs. The focus of her work is on environmental injustice and ensuring money is ripped off from developed countries.

  16. May 17, 2016 10:57 pm

    I wonder what ‘Dr’ Doig did to earn the title of Doctor? MB BS?

  17. John Frewer permalink
    May 18, 2016 3:53 am

    How anyone can predict anything like that 40+ years hence, beats me. I recall in 1965 many “experts” predicting that the world would run out of oil by the year 2000.

  18. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    May 18, 2016 6:52 am

    That should have been passed by the Indian Govt first. One of their ministers stated last year that in the southern states the local authority have screwed up most anything to do with water. Can’t find that link unfortunately. It is man made..but not as we are supposed to know it!

  19. May 18, 2016 8:21 am

    Here is another example of the BBC showing itself to be totally untrustworthy. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/05/17/bbc-recipes-to-defend-its-empire-the-corporation-misleads-the-pu/

    “BBC recipes: to defend its empire, the Corporation misleads the public.

    There is, as yet, no evidence that the BBC contrived this entire row for its own ends. But its effect is that people have now been misled about the Government’s wholly justified attempts to refocus the BBC on its original mission of public sector broadcasting and reduce its unwarranted incursions into markets where businesses meet public demand perfectly well.
    Doubtless this misinformation serves the BBC’s purposes. Despite claiming to be willing to work constructively with ministers on reforms that would justify its continued existence in a multi-platform on-demand media industry, the Corporation has been deeply reluctant to reduce its vast scope. The BBC is an empire and like all empires it defends its territory – in this case using shameful tactics”.

    • dennisambler permalink
      May 18, 2016 10:39 am

      They did the same with radio 6 music, announced they had to close it to save money and then saved it again because of the public outcry.

      • May 18, 2016 7:32 pm

        oh noes – don’t hurt da-liddle-fluffy-bunny – oh look we’s saved it! – aren’t we good!

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