April 1, 2009

"Just The Facts, Mam"

The headline being read all over the world via BBC news line

Climate change fans Nepal's fires

near the bottom of the story:

...However, climate change expert Arun Bhakta Shrestha of the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) was cautious about drawing conclusions.

"The prolonged dryness this year, like other extreme events in recent years, could be related to climate change but there is no proper basis to confirm that....

Then the pitch :

"The reason (why there is no confirmation) is lack of studies, observation and data that could have helped to reach into some conclusion regarding the changes."

Indeed, there has been no proper study of the impacts of climate change on the region: not just in Nepal but in the entire Hindu Kush Himalayas.....

So in fact nobody knows, but this is a good opportunity to push for more studies, read research funding, read money. Perhaps worthy (doubtful) but based on the headline and the bulk of the story you would believe this entire matter had been scientifically proven. but the fact is that nothing is proven. Isn't science, not to mention journalism supposed to be about facts?

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