Thursday, May 12, 2005

Science Fiction

I don't know if you saw the channel 4 news last night but they had a debate between David Bellamy and George Mombiot.

David Bellamy was claiming that glaciers are in fact growing, not shrinking as is common consensus:

"It should be pointed out that glaciers in many parts of the world are not shrinking but are in fact growing. In fact if you take all the evidence mentioned by the Kyotoists into consideration 55 of all the 625 glaciers under observation have been growing since 1980."

George Membiot countered:

"I telephoned the World Glacier Monitoring Service and read out Bellamy's letter. They said:'This is complete bullshit', the latest studies show that most of the world's glaciers are retreating."

Further debate exposed the fact that Bellamy had obtained his information from a website run by a known fraudster and had ignored a staggering amount of scientific data that showed his findings to be completely inaccurate.
It was very hard to watch Bellamy because he had nothing to come back with when the overwhelming evidence showed his findings to be total farce.
I've grown up with Bellamy and he has always been a hero of mine akin to David Attenborough. To see him reduced to submitting a serious scientific paper with such obvious dubiousness is incredible. I felt sorry for him but was glad that Membiot had shown what utter nonsense he was spouting and Bellamy was left speechless.

3 Comments:

Blogger Donovan said...

Looks like the channel 4 site is also wrong with it's facts, it should read 55%, not 55. Either that or 555.

http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/sciences/story/0,12243,1480375,00.html

1:31 am  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

It's an interesting article and I hope that there is a follow up story.
I can't imagine Bellamy being taken seriously at all anymore after this debacle.

6:45 pm  
Anonymous Andy Howell said...

This isn't the first time that Bellamy has been in this position over the last five years or so. He is now getting quite old and seems to be increasingly at odds with much of the environmental arguments as well as science,

3:37 am  

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