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Should there be new laws of thermodynamics?

First, let’s quickly review the basics of the existing four or so laws, OR, you could skip to below the wiggly line: Zeroth Law: According to Arnold Sommerfeld, Ralph H. Fowler invented the title ‘the zeroth law of thermodynamics’ when he was discussing the 1935 text of Saha and Srivastava. They write on page 1 […]

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Six Easy Steps for Saving the Coral Reefs for our Grandchildren

The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) was held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia last July.  Not a bad venue for embracing subject field trips and the exotic and spectacular hinterland attractions.  Yet they had time to reach a grand consensus statement endorsed reportedly by thousands of scientists.  Step 1)  Back in June, three eminent scientists including the convener gathered at […]

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Murray Darling basin and the lower lakes

By Bob Fernley-Jones, 13/03/12 This is an extract from a formal complaint I made to the ABC concerning misleading information presented by “The Science Show”.  It was rejected by the ABC and by the ACMA on the grounds that there is no requirement that the Science show be accurate, that the claims were opinion rather […]

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ABC radio’s so-called “Science Show”: licence to mislead the public.

DRAFT 5,  14/Feb/12:  Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones (AKA Bob_FJ) This review covers a process that took over a year: In August 2010, the “Science Show” ran an interview concerning a newly launched AAS booklet on climate change.  There were five claims made which were all false; for instance, that the recent drought in Victoria was unprecedented.  However, rainfall records […]

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Newly Identified AGW Threat to Polar Bears

Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones (AKA Bob_FJ) John F Bruno is a marine ecologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at The University of North Carolina, and has made some alarming assertions that may have grave consequences for the survival of the species.  His following quotes can be found on a recent WUWT polar […]

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The Australian version of the BBC, and “The Establishment”, also misleads the public.

DRAFT 13/12/11  Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones (AKA Bob_FJ) This review covers a process that resulted in rejection of a formal complaint made through three allegedly independent channels that took over a year to complete.  It was the third of eight complaints of extreme bias that were rejected so far by the ABC’s “independent Audience & Consumer […]

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ABC radio’s so-called “Science Show”: licence to mislead the public, Part 1.

DRAFT 4,  21/11:  Guest post by Bob Fernley-Jones (AKA Bob_FJ) This review covers a process that took over a year: In August 2010, the “Science Show” ran an interview concerning a newly launched AAS booklet on climate change.  There were five claims made which were all false; for instance, that the recent drought in Victoria was unprecedented.  However, rainfall records […]

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Complaint to ACMA (Complaint 3), original Email

From: BobFJ Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 9:42 AM To: broadcasting@acma.gov.au Cc: ABC Corporate_Affairs10 ; Angela Peters Subject: ABC Radio National “Science Show” complaint   I made a complaint to A&CA about five errors or misrepresentations in a single show.  However, despite many related Email exchanges, (see below), they failed to give a ruling within […]

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