A prominent environment columnist for UK national daily, The Guardian finally admits misrepresenting the Amazongate scandal. An expensive libel action is averted.
Battered eco-writer, George Monbiot has made a humiliating climb down under pressure from his employer’s lawyers. It seems the newspaper’s forced retraction over allegations made against respected global warming researcher, Dr. Richard North pre-empted the embarrassing climb-down, reports James Delingpole
, Daily Telegraph (July 3, 2010)
Full and Frank ‘Failure’ Admission
The statement of apology is self-explanatory and reads:
“In criticising Dr Richard North
, below, for not having checked whether there was a reference to the claim that up to “40% of the Amazonian forests could react drastically to even a slight reduction in precipitation” in the WWF Report, I was unaware of, and therefore omitted to mention, that Dr North had himself later spotted that there was a reference to the 40% figure in the WWF report. His initial mistake had been corrected on another page
(before the Sunday Times article had been written) and he had added a cross-link to the original page, which I failed to note. Apologies.”
Dr. North had earlier threatened legal action over the "complete fabrication.” North reveals in more detail on his blog, EU Referendum
, what was so objectionable about Monbiot’s lies.
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