Climate hoax

You’ve got to love this hoax – a fake scientific paper claiming bacteria are to blame for the recent climate change (in the long term, of course, they have caused massive climate change).

My favourite bit: a reference to a paper on the “Miocene, Pliocene and Plasticine fossil records”.

Quite a few bloggers and some mainstream media fell for it. But I’m not sure whether it achieved the desired effect.

After all, the scientists were never going to be taken in. It’s the media and the blogosphere who fell for it, and you can’t help wondering how many eco-campaigners would fall for the opposite kind of hoax.

And the trouble is that now the climate deniers who leapt on the story have gone silent, and the believers are now whooping. I wonder if many people who heard about it on the radio, for instance, will ever discover it’s a fake.

I think the hoaxers should have been braver and made it less obviously a hoax. That way it would have been an even bigger story.

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