London Times forced to recant ads touting NE passage

From WUWT on October 7th:  The surprising real story about this year’s Northeast passage transit: The media botched it

One newspaper is making the most of this “first ever event”, according to a story in the UK Register:

The 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.

The Times advertisment

Impressive – if only it were true.

In fact it wasn’t, and now the Times has been forced to recant:

From The Register

An advertising campaign touting the depth and quality of the Times newspaper’s environment coverage has been slapped by an industry watchdog for inaccuracy. The paper has agreed to modify the advertisements, which are based on a false climate change claim.

The Times ads claimed that global warming had caused the North East shipping passage, the icy Arctic route which in summer links Russia’s European ports to the Bering Strait, to be opened for the first time. In fact, the North East Passage opened in 1934, and was opened to overseas traffic after the fall of the Soviet Union. Modern technology, specifically radar, has permitted a safer passage in recent years.

Read the entire story here at The Register

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124 thoughts on “London Times forced to recant ads touting NE passage

  1. I was one of those who forwarded complaints to the ASA. The article in “The Register” agrees with the reply I have received from ASA detailing the amendment the Times is required to make.
    Frankly, this is no more than a linguistic fudge. The “retraction” is simply a rewording to say that the global warming has made the NE passage MORE accessible. Notice the addition of that one little word. Yet they have not retracted the basic AGW alarmism.
    Regrettably they have been able to wriggle off the hook with a duplicitous manipulation of words. I now wait eagerly for the “big” complaint – against the UK goverments propaganda campaign.

  2. I was one of the 29 complainants.
    The recantation is obviously unacceptable, since it still maintains that ‘climate change’ is a factor in opening the NE passage, when in fact political and technological alterations have achieved this.
    What I noticed about the letter they sent back to me was the requirement to ‘keep this finding confidential’. I am still wondering why this was required……

  3. I have just been to the Times website and there is no mention of this story.
    Isn’t that strange!!!!!!!!!!

  4. We knew that about 2 days after they printed the bogus story.
    The 2 commericial German ships were led by 2 nuclear-powered ice-breakers delivering heavy machinery to E. Siberia, and the only thing special about it was that Russia now escorts ships of foreigners.
    All stories like that do is lend a false-sense of warming security.
    And Polar Bears don’t wear sunglasses and drink Coke to cool off.

  5. I also wondered about the ‘keep this finding confidential’ in my response, but am happy that the regulatory authority have acted promptly to stop the use of this spurious claim.

  6. More lies from the MSM – nice when they get caught out 🙂
    I used to find the Times one of the UK’s better papers, but of recent years it seems to have lost the plot! In it’s own way it has become even worse than the Sun, for pushing political agenda.
    Best paper for a reasonable balanced view of the news in 2009 was the Telegraph – lets hope they keep up the good work in 2010.

  7. In fact, the North East Passage opened in 1934, and was opened to overseas traffic after the fall of the Soviet Union.

    The Register article provides no source for this claim. I have no reason to doubt it, but can someone provide a link with more detail?

  8. I would like to see a UK law passed that required the retraction of any dubious headline to be printed in the same font/type size as the original and on the same page, not hidden away [usually in 9 pt or less!] amongst pages of ads that no one reads.

  9. At my local Village Shop this morning, guess which newspaper hadn’t been delivered due to eight inches of Global Warming.

  10. Great result! I was one of those who sent a complaint to The Times at the time reminding them that Russia had been using the North East Passage for seventy years (prompted by the article I saw here).

  11. It’s not just this mendacious advertising campaign, it’s the rock-bottom quality of research you get from so-called quality newspapers (and the agencies) these days.
    I lost count of the number of press articles that described the world’s most powerful ice-breaker – 50 лет Победы – as a merchant ship… Trouble is, it’s hard to figure out which journos are just incompetent and which set out deliberately to deceive…

  12. In answer to my question, the Wikipedia Northeast Passage article does confirm commercial use of the NEP from 1935 to the end of the Soviet era. Wiki isn’t authoritative, but at least this is a start.

  13. Yep, I complained to the ASA as well.
    I felt that if I didn’t take such action – when given the link to ASA complaints on this site – I would be just someone full of hot air and a bit of a hypocrite. Glad I complained!
    I will also be making use of this link I gleaned from another contributor at WUWT:
    http://www.writetothem.com – for emailing UK politicians on their AGW policies…

  14. The Times is part of the Murdoch media empire, but unlike Fox News, which is under Rupert’s ulitmate control, The Times (and Sky TV) belong to New Corp Europe which is run by James Murdoch who is married to a global warming alarmist.

  15. Soros funded Joe Romm on Climate Progress is also still talking up heat. The neurosis is hard to shake. The CO2 was at 400 ppm in 1942 and he claims it is setting records today. If the warmists don’t like the facts, they just change them.

  16. Hu McCulloch (04:36:44) :
    isn’t it curious that the NE passage opening supposedly occurred right around the same time as the alleged “warmest” year on record, yet there is no mention of the correlation.

  17. I’m sure the London Times new before publication that the NE Passage story was a bit off. Journalists are trained to check statements such as first time. But then alarm sells newspapers not normalcy. They are playing with fire though (pun intended) as I have highlighted in an example below.

    Daily Telegraph – 05 Jan 2010
    Britain braced for heaviest snowfall in 50 years
    “…councils warned they could run out of grit if the conditions failed to improve.”

    Piers Corbyn of Weather Action said back in July 2090 – Met Office winter ‘forecast’ 2009-10 attacked as ‘reckless misleading nonsense without scientific basis or skill’.

    Their forecast for a mild winter in 08/09 disarmed the emergency services and Councils and led directly to the UK running out of road salt, transport chaos and extra road accidents when the snow deluges predicted by us at WeatherAction hit Britain and Ireland.

    Their score of zero out of five is lamentable. It could not be worse. They should stop issuing these reckless ‘forecasts’ which only serve to mislead the public, commerce and emergency authorities and cause unnecessary misery danger and possible death.

    UK Daily Express:
    Shivering Britain faces the prospect of gas supply shortages as the worst cold spell in 30 years keeps a stranglehold on the country.

  18. As far as I can see, the Act on CO2 campaign is still running, in spite of a massive protest on the ASA site.

  19. You might want to correct the title of this piece. There is no such newspaper as the ‘London Times’. The paper is called ‘The Times’, and is published nationally in the UK, not just in London.

  20. Jimbo,
    “Piers Corbyn of Weather Action said back in July 2090 –,”
    Oh Jimbo, you’ve inadvertenly given away Piers Corbyn’s secret – He’s really a time traveller from the future.

  21. Ha, I work in the offices of The Times and can tell you from listening to the gossip that floats around that a lot of people here don’t believe in manmade climate catastrophes.

  22. On the passage open previously open, in 1942, Canadian Don Larsen and the wooden ship, St. Roch, sailed from west to east thru the northwest passage in 2 years, a year later he went back east to west, clear to the pacific with a more powerful engine in 86 days, in the early 1900’s Amundsen sailed thru in 2 years.

  23. BBC Weather News special this morning.
    Met Office drone in the studio.
    Asked why their predictions of a warmer winter failed so badly?
    Don’t be silly.
    He was invited to congratulate the Met Office on predicting the new snowfall a whole day before it happened!
    Which he duly did.

  24. Two weeks from now global warming will be all but dead in the UK. Even the Guardian seems to have dropped the ball in the wake of the snow, cold, and Met Office fails.

  25. This is a good start.
    Congrats to Vincent and others in the UK who are standing up for honesty and integrity in the media and science.
    It is time to keep pressing on.
    The public is now seeing through the AGW fallacy and the cynics promoting it, better than they have in years.
    More truth, and more exposure, are what is needed.

  26. Thing is, core greens aren’t interested in the propaganda anymore either.
    “I am saying that the mainstream narrative on climate change is obviously failing.” — Former deputy editor of the Ecologist, Paul Kingsnorth
    Basically the myth isn’t working and it is too late anyhow—societies will continue with growth and, he believes, hit the limit.
    His advice? Prepare for the end of fossil fuels; no cars, no transport, no consumer goods. Build that small off-grid eco-house and band together in small communities to survive. (Personally I’d sooner an asteroid hit us.)
    http://www.theecologist.org/Interviews/378231/paul_kingsnorth_environmentalists_have_lost_their_way.html

  27. And Polar Bears don’t wear sunglasses and drink Coke to cool off.
    Next you will tell me there is no Santa Claus and “climate change” goes both ways (AC/DC).

  28. The Daily Express has a good peice, it appears to be the only one of the MSM that is prepared to tell it as it is on the front page.
    SNOW CHAOS: AND THEY STILL CLAIM IT’S GLOBAL WARMING.
    AS one of the worst winters in 100 years grips the country, climate experts are still trying to claim the world is growing warmer.
    With millions of Britons battling through snow and ice to get to work today, scientists claim that the cold conditions should not be used as evidence against man-made climate change.
    Blizzards, ice and sub-zero temperatures that have gripped the UK for almost a month in a record deep freeze are not “robust” indicators of global weather patterns, they say.
    Stephen Dorling, of the scandal-hit University of East Anglia’s school of environmental sciences, remained adamant that the weather should not be used as evidence against climate change.
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/149966/Snow-chaos-And-they-still-claim-it-s-global-warming

  29. See National Geographic Arctic Ocean map supplement from October 1971 for info on NE passage.
    Also February 1997 article “An Arctic Breakthrough”. This is the article on the Gore Box data release which gives a nice rundown on how the Russians have monitored the Arctic over a long time span.

  30. Coincidence: I was just looking through a 30-year old atlas last night and I remember seeing the NE Passage plotted on the map of the polar region.
    I guess there would not be a reason for plotting a route that did not come into existence until 2010…

  31. I also complained. This was something I could do. Making a stand, fighting a lie, whatever you want to call it, but it had to be done. Keep up the good work Anthony – I direct as many people as I can to your site – so they can make up their own minds.

  32. Why is that people who claim to love the earth so much know so little about it’s natural history? The arctic has warmed and cooled many times in the last few centuries.
    Do these people not know the world existed before they were born? Are these people aware the world has changed, is changing and will always be changing? I thought the belief in a steady-state universe was unscientific.

  33. Steve Goddard (05:37:14) :
    “Two weeks from now global warming will be all but dead in the UK. ”
    The politicians of all major parties are pretty much of one mind. Note the almost complete lack of dissent over the Climate Change Bill.
    The public and some of the MSM are increasingly sceptical. When the heating bills for the current bout of global warming come in, they’ll be even more sceptical. Still, to say it will be all but dead in two weeks is, very optimistic in view of the amount of political capital sunk into the scam and the political consensus. And then of course, much of the UK’s stance on measures to combat AGW ties in with EU policy, which our idiots have been pushing.

  34. So the Times is also part of the AGW scam. Hitler would have been proud of this propaganda conspiracy. Will the lies ever end? Ironic isn’t it that the BBC report enthusiastically on the big freeze without ever once mentioning climate change.
    Yet when it ends we’ll get the same old warming rubbish. Socialism never gives up when it has found a way to raise tax.

  35. @Varco
    “I also wondered about the ‘keep this finding confidential’ in my response, but am happy that the regulatory authority have acted promptly to stop the use of this spurious claim…”
    That part went straight off to my MP with a request to find out if it has become standard practice in government departments to suppress any news about complaints. No response yet.
    I urge others who have received this letter to do the same – this looks like a point where the ASA are vulnerable, and official secrecy is probably a bigger story than a mis-claimed advert….

  36. The snow record that was broken here in Burlington, VT had stood for 40 years. The previous record snowstorm lasted 3 days while the recent storm dropped its 33″ in just a few hours. Yikes!

  37. Here is an exerpt from a NY Times article in 1915 before the age of radar, Satphones, GPS, and modern icebreakers.
    NORTHEAST PASSAGE MADE FOR SECOND TIME; Captain Vilkitski of the Russian Navy Completes a Historic Arctic Voyage ;- New Land Explored ;- Wireless Encounter with Sverdrup.
    By CYRUS C. ADAMS. Member of the American Geographical Society.
    December 23, 1915, Thursday
    For the second time in 300 years of arctic endeavor the Northeast Passage, between Bering Sea and European waters, has been made. In July, 1914, Captain B.A. Vilkitski of the Russian Navy left Vladivostok with the purpose of attempting this journey which has baffled the efforts of so many hardy seamen.
    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9902E7DF103FE233A25750C2A9649D946496D6CF

  38. This story was run by the BBC News Online some weeks ago. Some astute watcher pointed out the error of the story & it soon dropped from view. Presumabley the Times didn’t research it much beforehand, either that or they played the panto season, they know it’s a lie but published it anyway, or if not, they didn’t check their facts, it’s either fraudulence or incompetence either way!
    Here’s a laugh, Britain today – you Colonials are next trust me!
    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2010/1/5/curlers-thumb-noses-at-bureaucracy.html
    It made me laugh, I had to otherwise I’d be in tears of despair!
    AtB

  39. Folks, don’t bother arguing with the Leftists in the State Run Media or even the Leftist politicians. They don’t care about the truth. They care about the huge amount of money to be made in trading carbon credits.
    Want to do something about this giant lie? Tell everyone you know about climategate. I am. And it’s working. People are really surprised to hear about this. Some will actually do their own research. You’ll see. As the word spreads more and more, the politicians and media will have a really hard time pushing this crap every day.

  40. Vincent (05:30:06)
    I’m convinced that Piers Corbyn’s office is a 1950’s London Police Box.
    That said,here in NE Oregon our NOAA office is saying that due to the
    El Nino (I’ve commented before on this) no need to say,go to Arizona this year.
    While it’s been relatively mild, down low,<3000ft msl, there is good snow in the Mtns. still piling up.
    Our turn in the barrel is coming.

  41. Steve Goddard (05:37:14) :
    “Two weeks from now global warming will be all but dead in the UK. Even the Guardian seems to have dropped the ball in the wake of the snow, cold, and Met Office fails.”
    Oh how I wish…
    I have said elsewhere that any of our so called leaders (yes, even the incumbent idiot IMHO) would be staring at a landslide victory in the next general election if they just came out with a solid statement that they no longer “believed” in global warming as a threat to humanity in any way, shape or form.
    Presuming martial law is not declared before then as a result of starving masses of freezing pensioners looting and rioting in the streets – or food shortages forcing all of us to do so – or power outages – or a new financial crisis – or even something really scary 😉

  42. John R. Walker (04:44:13) :
    “Trouble is, it’s hard to figure out which journos are just incompetent and which set out deliberately to deceive…”
    For the sake of simplicity I assume journos are both incompetent and deliberately deceiving. That’s why the lamestream media is off the menu.

  43. On one of the fact-oriented cable TV channels was an hour-long show about the construction of a cargo ship. I don’t remember the name of the ship, but it was a cargo ship designed to work in ice. Whether it was destined to the NE passage or not, it does indicate that technological changes include the ships and are not limited to what is attached to the ships.

  44. Last month (December) someone asked me about global warming, and I expressed by doubts.
    They asked how I felt about the northern passages being open for the first time ever.
    I asked him two questions.
    1. Why would they be called passages if they had never been open in the past.
    2. Do you really think it’s still open now, in December, or do you think it was merely open for several weeks during the summer melt?
    I received a blank look that lasted for several minutes.

  45. I just saw on the news that London is getting slammed by global warming, with lots of it on the ground and many businesses shut down. The southern USA has had prolonged cold that is threatening crops. If we don’t hurry up and do something about this global warming problem we are going to freeze and starve to death! Brrrrr!

  46. @ Al Gore’s Holy Ghost (05:30:44) :
    “Ha, I work in the offices of The Times and can tell you from listening to the gossip that floats around that a lot of people here don’t believe in manmade climate catastrophes.”
    And are you comfortable with your complicity in The Times’ duplicitous behavior?

  47. I fear that no matter the evidence against MMGW that the majority of warmist fanatics will not admit that they have got it wrong! Particularly the pro-warming country leaders and politicians who will find it very difficult to climb down as they will undoubtedly (and rightfully so!) face ridicule. This surely will be a major story.

  48. Coming soon.
    Impressive – if only it were true.
    In fact it wasn’t, and now RealClimate has been forced to recant:

  49. I’ve just spent an hour or more getting bogged down at the ASA site trying to complain about the ‘Action on CO2’ rubbish that’s indoctrinating our kids. I failed!
    If anyone out there is more capable than I at working your way through paperwork jungles like this, could you please complain, for me and for everyone… Thanks

  50. Recanting doesn’t matter. They accomplished what they wanted. The idea is now firmly planted in the minds of the public that ‘global warming opened the NE passage’ regardless if it is true or not. This is just like a trial lawyer working a false statement into his questioning, even if the Judge instructs the jury to ‘disregard’ the statement, it still has an effect.

  51. There have been several other AGW-related complaints processed by the ASA in recent months. One is about the Bedtime Stories ad, which is still being investigated. Another was for the Plane Stupid ad with falling polar bears – this has been withdrawn by Plane Stupid, upon receiving complaints, seen here if you click on the Informally Resolved Cases tab:
    So our complaints do have an impact; let’s keep it up.
    Re contacting MPs, I’d also suggest contacting local prospective Parlimentary candidates, especially the Conservatives. They’re still the most likely to be forming the next government, but are facing a mass desertion to UKIP by their voters upon the issue of Britain’s continuing EU membership, and perhaps also AGW. Enough dissenting voices and Conservative High Command may take the hint and start to listen.

  52. This is a good analogy for how AGW theory consensus is achieved.
    False information is put out there by media, shady science or Al Gore documentaries, it is accepted as factual by the lay public who then continues to disseminate this information long after it has been shown to be flawed or “recanted.”
    Sadly, as in other cases, what will be remembered out of this is the incorrect ststatement presented in the ad.

  53. It seems to me that once something is in the newspapers, the info presented gets into the public mind much more than a story recant. I used the story of the passage from the 1930’s in my class without telling students that it was from 1934. (Thanks to WUWT.) I asked whether or not this would lead them to believe in global warming. It was quite a shock to them that the article was from 1934. But it is something they will not soon forget.

  54. OT
    In the UK news from the UK’s
    Daily Star

    THE head of the Met Office has netted a massive pay rise, [25%] even though he said this winter would be mild.
    John Hirst now earns more than the Prime Minister, despite constantly bungling forecasts.
    ….
    Seven other Met Office directors bagged big pay rises, with chief financial officer Nick Jobling getting a 33% hike to £100,000.

    Imagine their pay rises if their forecasts were more accurate. ;o)

  55. Janurary 6, 2010 — LONDON ENGLAND
    Eight inches of snow in London England and more on the way with higher totals around London. Possibility of continuing snow for next several days with cold for next two weeks.
    An Ice free North West Passage?
    Englanders can’t even get out of their own driveways because of the snow.
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been a leader in the AGW hoax and Britain has been a hotbed of Global Warming propaganda led by the CRU and the BBC.
    I feel for the English commoners, but Gordon Brown and the rest of the British elite in favor of AGW are getting what they deserve.
    Cheers!

  56. th (05:32:47) : … the wooden ship, St. Roch, sailed from west to east thru the northwest passage in 2 years, …”
    As a comment this is fine but keep in mind the geographic location being discussed in the story is for the northeast, not west.

  57. Rhodrich (05:19:54) :
    You might want to correct the title of this piece. There is no such newspaper as the ‘London Times’. The paper is called ‘The Times’, and is published nationally in the UK, not just in London.

    But isn’t (or wasn’t) it informally known as The Times of London?

  58. Hu McCulloch (04:36:44) :
    In fact, the North East Passage opened in 1934, and was opened to overseas traffic after the fall of the Soviet Union.
    The Register article provides no source for this claim. I have no reason to doubt it, but can someone provide a link with more detail?
    Hu McCulloch (04:44:37) :
    In answer to my question, the Wikipedia Northeast Passage article does confirm commercial use of the NEP from 1935 to the end of the Soviet era. Wiki isn’t authoritative, but at least this is a start.
    I found this short history of the NE passage last year when the claim of unprecedented access came up in warmist propaganda.
    http://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_2_1-17.pdf
    It includes numbers for tonnage for length of season and tonnage shipped from 1934 thru 1987.

  59. Here are comments I made regarding the BBC’s treatment of the story, in WUWT’s Oct. 7 thread on the topic, “The surprising real story about this year’s northeast passage transit: The media botched it”, here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/10/07/the-surprising-real-story-about-this-years-northeast-passage-transit/
    ==========
    From the story I read two days ago they were assisted by two nuclear-powered icebreakers, not one. Other points:
    All these Beluga company vessels were built specially reinforced against ice. They thus, presumably, cost more than ordinary vessels and have less cargo capacity.
    It would be risky to have sent ordinary vessels through the route in company with them currently, since ordinary hulls and propellers would likely get dented and dinged by small ice debris left in the wake of an icebreaker.
    The two Beluga vessels that transited the Passage made their voyage because they were delivering heavy equipment from a manufacturer in Asia to a Siberian port. They then continued westwards to their homeport in Europe. They were not doing so because the NE passage to Europe is shorter and more economical.
    They had to wait in port in Asia (paying crew’s wages and port fees) for weeks before they got the green light from the Russians that the coast was the clearest it was going to get, and that their icebreakers were available. And speed was reduced during the portion of the voyage that required the icebreakers to clear a path ahead. These factors mean the route is not nearly economical yet for ordinary shipping.
    The Passage will only be as open as it was for a couple of weeks. Thereafter traversal will get harder. There’s only a brief open window at present.
    The BBC story didn’t mention that arctic ice extent has risen over the last two years. It spoke exclusively of a declining long-term trend and implied, by the choice of persons it quoted, that ice extent would continue to retreat until the Passage is open year-round:
    “The steady rise in temperatures over the last 20 years has seen the ice thin and retreat substantially. This means that the passage may soon become navigable for most of the year. Dr Peter Wadhams, of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK, said that the long sought dream of a North East shipping route “could become reality in as little as 10 years time”. … Dr Wadhams said that satellite images showed arctic sea ice receding towards the North Pole at a rate of 5% per decade.”

  60. Al Gore’s Holy Ghost (05:30:44) : To pay your salary, as all newspapers are broke, they have to sold its principles and convictions to the bankers who sponsor “global warming” worldwide, so they are not noble institutions.
    Up to now it seems funny but when desperate mobs of the unemployed or affected by green policies set your office in fire it will not.

  61. A month ago the Times published this claim:

    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in 2007 that they could disappear by 2035, causing famine, water wars and hundreds of millions of climate change refugees.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/copenhagen/article6945249.ece
    The problem is that on the same day the BBC published an article retracting that very claim:

    The UN panel on climate change warning that Himalayan glaciers could melt to a fifth of current levels by 2035 is wildly inaccurate, an academic says.
    J Graham Cogley, a professor at Ontario Trent University, says he believes the UN authors got the date from an earlier report wrong by more than 300 years.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8442255.stm
    I wrote to the Times Environment editor to remind them of the mistake but received not even an automated reply.

  62. HereticFringe (07:48:09) :
    “I just saw on the news that London is getting slammed by global warming, with lots of it on the ground and many businesses shut down.”
    If you could select any part of the UK for a good slammin’ you couldn’t do better than London, the seat of parliament. It might focus a few minds on a thorny little matter of energy policy, now that OfGen admit they got their costing figures wrong in an earlier report. Apparently they “only” predicted a doubling of energy costs by 2020, to £2,000 per household. They have now acknowledged that the true figure will be closer to £5,000.
    No doubt Brown will remain firm, pacing the cabinet office, shouting orders to “shoot all deserters and saboteurs.”

  63. The BBC naval gazes:
    On the subject of media bias and misrepresentation, the BBC is now under investigation by – you guessed it – the BBC!
    The BBC trust is reviewing the “accuracy and impartiality” of its coverage of science – and in particular – global warming, delivered by the Corporation. Read here:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jan/06/bbc-trust-science-impartiality-review
    And also here:
    http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/537053.php
    It is said to take 11 months – just enough time for it to reshape its editorial line…

  64. “An advertising campaign touting the depth and quality of the Times newspaper’s environment coverage…”
    Being a complete fabrication, it seems quite appropriate to its stated purpose, no?

  65. sHx (09:28:58) : Please tell them that the UN’s IPCC theory on global warming it is contradicted by UN’s FAO, here:
    ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/005/y2787e/
    08/11/2003 10:27a.m. 241,945 y2787e08.pdf
    Tell them to download this PDF and look at the graph on page 50, there it is depicted a forecast of temperatures´anomalies to the year 2010.

  66. Somebody smart with video making should have reproduced the ASA polar bear ad, but with one falling polar bear for each person who traveled to copenhagen, at the end showing many square miles of polar bear several feet deep.
    As AGW vanishes into the dust bin of history, I wonder if stations like the discovery channel will go bankrupt. They have thousands of wonderful programs, but at the end of each and every program, no matter what the subject matter of the program is they always have the last 5 minutes dedicated to how global warming is destroying whatever it is the show was about. They will have to pay an army of people to edit out the last 5 minutes of every program.

  67. Mario Nelson (04:44:05) : “I just read today in the Times that the film Avatar will save the planet!”
    I read the article. Looks to me like the author is poking fun at the heavy-handed eco-propaganda of the film.

  68. Piers Corby says:
    It’s not a cold
    SNAP –
    It will go
    ON & ON
    It waspredicted
    by WeatherAction
    6 months ago

  69. Last weekend there was a bad storm over the Canadian maritimes and a storm surge did heavy damage to seaside cottages in northeastern New Brunswick. On Canadian news Global TV news, the Kevin Neuman news report, Kevin reported the surge was a result of rising sea levels from the melting Arctic.
    So you Brits aren’t the only ones standing on the podium with I will say, dumb news.

  70. climategatestuff (06:41:56) :
    “Nope, the website of the British Fascist party should not get more coverage, regardless of the subject matter”.
    ————————
    Think you should be more concerned with the global fascist dictatorship the international banking elites are attempting to implement through the UN and its spawn: IPCC (climate), WHO (health scares), IMF/World Bank (financial terrorism), etc.. Corruption everywhere. Really, don’t mean to be rude, but concentrate on the bigger problem – the little guys standing up for their own countries will be crushed under the fascist boot just as surely as all ‘enemies of the planet’ , when and if these people have their way.
    They’ll probably have a ‘special place’ for WUWT readers. Only joking!
    And what you’re talking about: “should not get more coverage” sounds like censorship to me.

  71. The NE passage opened for commercial shipping in 1934 and until recently only due to the assistance of Russian icebreakers. So it was open, but with a pretty serious caveat. The Times is guilty of being ignorant of this fact. [snip] the NE passage has only been ice free on occasion and in the summer until recently i.e. in the last few years. Dodgy Geezer, did you make these details clear in your complaint? It’s not at all clear from your comments if you did. If so, maybe this is why you’re left underwhelmed by the “retraction”.

  72. Brits – do us all a favor and round up all your Greenie Elites and take them to the London Towers and get some of those old torture mechanisms operating again. It would produce some real Green Jobs that would be of great benefit to humanity.

  73. There is a competition at the moment that allows you to vote for the best new words of the year in the Macquarie Dictionary:
    http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/6643072/search-for-noob-word-of-the-year/
    I note “climate change deniers” feature. But so also does media punking which is tricking the media into believing a false story. There is no doubt who easily wins the academy award as media punk of the decade but it seems that we obviously need a new word for the media tricking the public into believing a false story (on global warming?).

  74. All members of the SEJ should be taken to the norhern Siberian ports by ship to witness first hand the industrial archaeology. And left there for the winter.

  75. The bbc has a report that in PERU,people are freezing due to the “melting” glaciers.
    The editors at the bbc and in the press must troll through all the garbage to find stories from arround the world and then “climatise it”.
    They really do think we are complete idiots,or are they taking the Pi$$.

  76. We all make mistakes and it is to the Times credit that it will issue a correction.
    I have sent the letter below to the Daily Telegraph twice. I did receive a response from an assistant editor who gave me the address of Geoffrey Lean, the environmental correspondent. I still have not received a reply from him or seen a published retraction. If what if i am stating is wrong he should let me know but if he is is in error in stating that Arrhenius confirmed the wildest predictions of the IPCC then a correction is certainly warranted otherwise his views are destined for the annals of jokipedia.
    ‘I refer to your article in the Daily Telegraph on 5th December 2009 entitled ‘Gloomy Swede who saw the chill wind of change coming’. This contained a very misleading distortion of fact. Arrhenius did originally (1896) calculate that doubling of carbon dioxide levels would lead to an increase in temperature of 5 to 6 degrees C. However, he later reviewed his analysis and revised the prediction to 1.6 degrees C (1901). This makes a significant material difference to the content of the article and merits a published correction’

  77. Goodness me!
    It would appear that I was amongst friends when I complained to the ASA about the advert being promulgated by The Times. I did so solely because of what I’d read here on WUWT. I, too, received a letter stating that my complaint had been investigated and had subsequently been informally resolved, with the ‘request’ that I keep this matter ‘confidential’.
    I have now begun to write to not only the ASA but also MPs and other responsible bodies about untruths and outright lies made about AGW by various ‘spokespersons’. Is there anyway I can post on WUWT scans of the fatuous replies which I am expecting for the delectation of all?

  78. jjs (12:04:14) :
    Brits – do us all a favor and round up all your Greenie Elites and take them to the London Towers and get some of those old torture mechanisms operating again. It would produce some real Green Jobs that would be of great benefit to humanity.
    ————————————————–
    All those banking-funded towers and torture chambers are what we need to get rid of.
    I know where you’re coming from though.
    I would have them capturing methane emissions from cows’ arses and getting a ration of food per day proportional to the amount of methane they had captured that day. And it would be a really muddy field. A punishment that fits the crime (for once).
    Oh well, I can dream…

  79. jjs (12:04:14) :
    It would be quite easy to take all the Warmists to the Tower because virtually all of them are editors or journalists on the national newspapers based just up the road in Wapping. A couple of London double decker buses should be enough to complete the task in about 45 minutes.
    I can assure you that the vast majority of the populous in the UK is sitting back and laughing at these journo’s spouting BS day in day out. They have dug themselves such a deep hole promoting AGW over the last ten years they cannot see the light. But one by one they are slowly putting their hands up and sowing the white flag. The Daily Express flipped from alarmist to skeptic last year along with some high profile journalists on the broadsheets.
    But please be assured that out in the real world, and out of the chattering suburbs of London, people can see right through the con. As ever the MSM will have to reflect that in their editorial even though they will tell us they saw the light and led us to it.
    This time next year only The Guardian will remain as the final defender of the faith. You can tell this from desperate articles such as this that have started to appear over the last few months:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/jan/06/cold-snap-climate-sceptics

  80. Some facts about the North West Passage.
    I am responding to some ignorant claims about the supposed first passage of ships through the passage last year. Someone has obviously missed the boat.
    In recent times Roald Amunsden, the Nowegian, traversed it in 1903 (almost 100 years ago) in his little ship, Gjoa. The Gjoa was no icebreaker.
    The Canadians put ships through during the 2nd World War.
    In 1969 an oil tanker passed through
    In about 1817, Edward Parry almost made it in a sailing ship, but was stopped by pack ice which was blown around by the wind and blocked his passage. In 1817 the passage had not been surveyed so Parry never knew how close he had come to being successful.
    References:”The Quest for the North West Passage”, Folio Society

  81. Came on, folks! Time to talk sensibly.
    The Northwest Passage hasn’t opened to commercial shipping at all. The ships travelling from Europe to East Asia still use the Gibraltar and the Suez Canal routes. Some non-urgent cargo are still taken through the Cape of Good Hope even in order to either save money on the Suez Canal fees or to divert the the cargo elsewhere, should a new buyer make any offer.
    Two specially built cargo ships moving through the Northwest Passage with the aid of two Russian nuclear ice-breakers can only be ‘proof of concept’. There is no commercial shipping through the passage even durign the best of summer times.

  82. “Al Gore’s Holy Ghost (05:30:44) : To pay your salary, as all newspapers are broke, they have to sold its principles and convictions to the bankers who sponsor “global warming” worldwide, so they are not noble institutions.
    Up to now it seems funny but when desperate mobs of the unemployed or affected by green policies set your office in fire it will not.”
    I work in multimedia so unfortunately I am not involved in any part of what goes in to newspaper articles. If I were a journalist or an editor I would certainly take a stand and encourage everyone at The Times to do so because otherwise we’ll be a laughing stock soon, readership will plunge with the temperatures and taxes, and Mr Murdoch won’t be too proud either. At least his Fox News channel has the balls to question today’s eco-Mathusian socialist movement (which if you read Spiked today is quite heavily steeped in elitist conservatism)

  83. I suppose the families of the dead crews from the merchant ships that the German raider that the soviets escorted through there in 1939 are relieved that it did not really happen. Read http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/ and search for it, they have a good history of its recent use. We should complain again and get some truth out there.

  84. By the way, the Times might want to explain why Russia built and maintain atomic powered ice breakers?? they are for the north west passage, you do not need them to go from England to whatever Archangel is called today.You would think the journalists never went to school!

  85. Robert Wykoff (11:01:19) :
    As AGW vanishes into the dust bin of history, I wonder if stations like the discovery channel will go bankrupt. They have thousands of wonderful programs, but at the end of each and every program, no matter what the subject matter of the program is they always have the last 5 minutes dedicated to how global warming is destroying whatever it is the show was about. They will have to pay an army of people to edit out the last 5 minutes of every program.

    Double-plus ungood. Paging Winston Smith!

  86. Wikipedia says the so-called Northwest Passage was first navigated by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1903 – 1906 in a 46 ton ship. Does this count?

  87. John westman (13:54:49) :
    …., but was stopped by pack ice which was blown around by the wind and blocked his passage.
    That’s gotta smart ; )

  88. sHx (14:12:36) : “Came on, folks! Time to talk sensibly. The Northwest Passage…”
    The topic here is the northEAST…got it? northEAST Passage!!! Not the northwest. Not the southwest. Not the southeast. The NORTHEAST, folks.

  89. Opps I blew it. By scan reading I was thinking of the NW Passage instead of the NE Passage.
    However, the lack of principles involved are not that much different. Gore did make the comment in his movie about the NW passage being open for the first time. We know that statement, by Gore, is bunk!
    Yes, and the North East Passage has indeed been traversed in earlier times. According to the Columbia Encyclopaedia it was first traversed in 1878-79, by a Swede, Nordenskjold. Roald Amunsden also did it 1918-20

  90. John westman (21:20:05) :
    Opps I blew it. By scan reading I was thinking of the NW Passage instead of the NE Passage.
    ————————-
    …. but while we’re on the subject of the NW passage, weren’t there 8 or 10, maybe 12 groups of intrepid explorers who were going to navigate the NW passage earlier this year ?? What was the score – any reports ?? I can’t be bothered to search. More kayak boy, Catlin crew misery ??
    Mind you, who writes up failed experiments ?? I know I don’t.
    Speaking of which though, now the great Catlin ice volume pioneers set the baseline, are they going back up there this year to get the 1st year’s reading with their big long sticks ??
    Don’t bother getting out of your warm bed Pen. It’s thinner than we thought ……. ha ha ha

  91. Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

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