Andrew Bolt right, scientist Tim Lambert wrong
Conservative blogger Andrew Bolt infuriates the Left. Thus the rantings of Mr Lefty begat BOLTWATCH, which evolved into The Blair/Bolt Watch Project, which eventually joined forces with the infamous – and formerly deleted and now returned but highly sanitised – GrodsCorp, to become Crikey's Pure Poison, a site perhaps best known for its apologies to both Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair.
Scienceblogs.com resident computer nerd, political blogger Tim Lambert, is similarly obsessed with Bolt, one of Lambert's Bolt posts even receiving a nomination as one Australia's best blog posts of 2006. Lambert's much ballyhooed critique of Bolt is, of course, the same old misleading crap.
Amongst other claimed errors Lambert says Bolt is wrong in asserting:
[Al] Gore shows a series of slides of vanishing lakes (like Lake Chad) and snow fields (like Mt Kilimanjaro’s) and blames global warming for it all.
In fact, Lake Chad is so shallow it nearly dried out as far back as 1908, and again in 1984. So many more people depend on it now that the water pumped out for irrigation has quadrupled in 25 years. No wonder it’s drying.
And Mt Kilimanjaro was losing its snows more than a century ago, not because of global warming, but—says a 2004 study in Nature—largely because deforestation has cut the moisture in the air.
And that worrying picture Gore shows of vanishing glaciers in the Himalayas? Newcastle University researchers last month said some glaciers there are now getting bigger again.
According to a report in New Scientist – Kilimanjaro's vanishing ice due to tree-felling – Bolt was right all along. Will Lambert now post a correction or retraction as he so often demands of those he claims to have erred? Don't hold your breath.