[ASC-list] The Australian newspaper, and climate change op-eds.

Toss Gascoigne director at tossgascoigne.com.au
Sun Jan 27 23:54:30 UTC 2013

Today's Australian has an op-ed by Monash Uni's Professor Michael Asten.

"Warming is well within historic range", says Asten - but readers should treat it with caution.  

Professor Asten qualifications for commenting on climate change were checked out by The Conversation, as part of a broader piece on The Australian's practice of publishing op-ed pieces on climate change from people with no record in peer-reviewed literature.

"…while [Asten]  appears to be your go-to guy if you have electromagnetic interference problems with your fluxgate magnetometer, he hasn’t published anything remotely related to climate science. He is, however, well-connected with the mining and coal industries."


It's a strong critique of The Australian's coverage of climate change, and still makes good reading although originally published in August 2011.

Happy Australia Day holiday!

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