Patrice Lamothe: those who take scientific... Patrice Lamothe: only one truly predictable... Patrice Lamothe: what people call science i... This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru's Nazca Site. Aprés le point Godwin, voici le point Tchernobyl des ?colos. La centrale de Tchernobyl vue de Pripyat (Ben Fairless/Wikimedia Commons).
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin (Paris, Xe), au siège des Verts, la revue de presse n’avait plus été aussi épaisse depuis longtemps. Cécile Duflot, Daniel Cohn-Bendit et leur ambassadeur médiatique « non partisan » Nicolas Hulot se lèvent tôt et se couchent tard, et passent la journée sous les lumières des plateaux de télévision ou devant les micros des studios radio. Ils n’ont qu’un mot à la bouche : « Tchernobyl ». Amusez-vous à compter combien de fois ils prononceront ce mot lors de leurs prochaines interventions. Le débat n’est pas possible : si vous êtes pour le nucléaire, vous êtes inconscients parce que vous n’avez pas peur que l’humanité s’autodétruise comme l’erreur humaine a détruit le village ukrainien désormais tristement célèbre.
On connaissait le point Godwin : plus longtemps le débat politique dure, plus vite l’un des protagonistes se verra comparé à un nazi. Laurent Gloaguen: L'aviation civile a causé... Laurent Gloaguen: Moi, faire des "raccourcis... La pression monte autour des experts du climat. Hackers target leading climate research unit. The e-mail system of one of the world's leading climate research units has been breached by hackers.
E-mails reportedly from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), including personal exchanges, appeared on the internet on Thursday. A university spokesman confirmed the email system had been hacked and that information was taken and published without permission. An investigation was underway and the police had been informed, he added. "We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites," the spokesman stated. "Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all of this material is genuine. "This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation. "We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved the police in this enquiry. " A mistake over Himalayan glaciers should not melt our priorities.
Glacial erosion ... an aerial photograph of the Khumbu Glacier and the Everest Himalayan range and below, glacially eroded mountains in Jotunheimen in Norway.
Photograph: David Lundbek Egholm (bottom) and Paula Bronstein/Getty Images Climate science has suffered another blow to its credibility after it was revealed that a claim by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that Himalayan glaciers will probably disappear altogether in the next 25 years was wrong. It is only a matter of time before the lobbyists who peddle climate change denial for their own political ends start to overstate the significance of this episode, and try to link it to the controversy surrounding the email messages hacked from the University of East Anglia.
The WWF has now issued a statement admitting that its report contained "erroneous information" and has apologised for causing confusion. Unfortunately, the error has been repeated by other authors and included in scientific papers.