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On pages 34 and 35 of the latest edition of the book that used to be called The Guinness Book of Records, James notes:
"....here was a whole section that had mysteriously been devoted to the deadly threat of "climate change". I say "mysteriously" because, despite the publishers' feeble attempt to hide the fact by heading the section "To the Limits", it contains very little by way of actual world records."
Rather, what you get is scaremongering eco-propaganda so blatant and biased it might have come straight off a Greenpeace press release.
Here's one example: "Fact: Pine Island glacier in Antarctica is shrinking by at least 16m a year and may be gone in 100 years," it says. This may or may not be true but it's an odd thing to single out, given that the most salient climate fact about Antarctica is that its ice mass has been increasing dramatically.In fact there is a record that Guiness could have recorded. Antarctic Ice has hit a record high.
In fact, in late September, satellite data indicated that Antarctica was surrounded by the greatest area of sea ice ever recorded in the region: 7.51 million square miles (19.44 million square kilometers), the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Thursday. (National Geographic - link)James continues:
And here's another: "Hockey Stick Graph. Published by the UN's Intergovernmental on Planet Change in 2001, this graph is one of the most controversial in science." What it doesn't tell the impressionable young reader is why the graph is controversial: it has been so utterly and repeatedly discredited that almost no one, save its inventor Michael Mann and a few of his mates, takes it remotely seriously any more.It is amazing that a fraudulent graph still dupes some people including the Guinness people (link)
James asks why a book of records starts to push eco-propaganda.
Since when, anyway, did it become the job of a book specialising in world records (hence - duh! - its title Guinness World Records) to disseminate alarmist propaganda about climate change? Don't our kids already get fed more than enough of that hysterical drivel by their teachers, by Greg Combet and Tim Flannery, by every other doco on the ABC? Isn't this exactly why Ian Plimer wrote How To Get Expelled From School as a desperate attempt to counteract all the environmental brainwashing to which our kids are now constantly subjected?More at The Australian HERE.