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Monday, November 19, 2007


The BBC (Radio Scotland today 16.55 today) has stated as a matter of fact that sea level in the Mediterranean has specifically risen to a serious extent, due to global warming. Indeed you specified this as a different & more serious effect than the washing away of the land at the mouth of the Ebro river saying that the sea level rise was itself damaging.

I do not wish to suggest that this claim represents anything other than the very highest standard of honesty of the BBC but would be interested to learn what peer reviewed scientific paper has confirmed the existence of such a Mediterranean sea level rise, caused by alleged global warming, how much it has been measured at & what damage it has done to the mouth of the Ebro compared to the ongoing changes caused by river flow washing soil away.

Neil Craig

PS If the BBC's claim turns out to be untrue will you be retracting it?
I sent this email to 3 BBC depts. In fact sea level rise is currently running at about 6" a century & has been since the last ice age.

Obviously no retraction was made & no reply attempting to justify it was sent. I then mentioned this in a comment (#103) on a BBC site actually discussing the possibility they might be biased about warming. Somewhat to my surprise they didn't censor it despite (or possibly because) they had previously censored an authoritative comment & Biased BBC Friday Nov 16th had mentioned it.
In fact if the BBC was remotely interested in balanced reporting all they need to do is give over a couple of hours (far less than given to Gore & Madonna) for a genuine debate. They won't because, as they must know such debates, like the one in New York, invariably result in success for the sceptics.

A couple of days ago I asked the BBC to justify a news item they produced stating as fact that current sea level rise in the Mediterranean had done specific & visible damage at a particular site. Since they have not retracted the claim it must be accepted as representing the highest standard of honesty to which the BBC aspire. On the other hand it is a complete lie - sea level rise is 1.3mm a year, as it has been for the last 10,000 years, which will destroy nothing. The BBC deliberately lied & worse, are maintaining this lie.

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