Saturday, December 17th 2011, 5:48 PM EST
Whether it's polar bears or social workers, all is not as it seems at the BBC.
There was much excitement over the revelation that David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet had “faked” a scene where polar bear cubs, actually born in a Dutch zoo, seemed to be in Arctic wilderness. Yet no interest at all was aroused by a much more serious misrepresentation – of the speed at which ice is melting at the poles.
I was criticised for pointing this out last week, but as anyone can see, from satellite-based charts on the Cryosphere Today website, the extent of polar sea ice was last year 1.6 million square kilometres greater than its average over the last 30 years – something which could never have been guessed from Attenborough’s dramatic film sequences, carefully chosen to convey the very different message the BBC wanted us to believe.
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