28 January 2006

You couldn't inject errors like that without editors!

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George Newton, the chairman of the US Arctic Research Commission, told delegates at the conference of business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, that temperatures in the Arctic were expected to rise 5.5C (41.9F) in the next 100 years, and that last year the Arctic ice sheet was smaller than ever.

Of course, a rise of 5.5°C is a rise of 9.2°F. I’ve never seen an actual paper that did the conversion to farenheit, so I think we can presume that it was the layers of editor and fact checking that generated this false information.

P.S. Thanks to David Rothman for pointing this out in the comment. My eyes glaze over these days when I tried to read this kind of article.

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