In yet another climate change ‘save the planet’ rant, our dear friends at Stuff and Nonsense have published an article about climate change Fake News in which, without a hint of irony, they publish fake news.

It begins:

A quick Google search often reveals that, yes, someone out there, somewhere, agrees with what we think, no matter how left-field our views.

So it proves with climate change.

One word change fixes that: “A quick Google search often reveals that, yes, someone out there, somewhere, agrees with what we think, no matter how left-wing our views. So it proves with climate change.”

Then the fake news starts:

Despite the overwhelming scientific consensus – NASA states 97 per cent of publishing scientists say humans are causing climate change – some refuse to be shifted from their position of dissent.


Way back in 2014 a 50 page paper thoroughly debunked the “97%” myth. The Stuff editors have had five years to read through these 50 pages, less than a page per month, and yet they persist in publishing fake news.

Here is a quick take-out summary from that paper:

Stuff goes on to criticise a regional council candidate for having a contrary position. Apparently he sent a video around which claimed that the World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas denied man-made climate change when he does not. I have not watched said video so cannot comment.

However, have Stuff ever reported what Taalas did say?

The atmosphere created by media has been provoking anxiety. The latest idea is that children are a negative thing. I am worried for young mothers, who are already under much pressure. This will only add to their burden. […]

While climate sceptisism has become less of an issue, now we are being challenged from the other side. Climate experts have been attacked by these people and they claim that we should be much more radical. They are doomsters and extremists; they make threats. Much more radical action is demanded by Extinction Rebellion movement. They demand zero emissions by 2025 and “honest” climate information from governments.[…]

The IPCC reports have been read in a similar way to the Bible: you try to find certain pieces or sections from which you try to justify your extreme views. This resembles religious extremism.[…]

We should consider critically, and with reservations, the thoughts of experts…”


The BFD is less than halfway through a series on fake news that has been peddled by the climate reality denier media. For 50 years the media have printed predicted doom scenarios from the “97%” of climate scientists, and those predictions have failed every time.

Surely the doomsayers should get at least one run on the board before we start worrying about their predictions?


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