The letter is accompanied by a photo of a lone Polar Bear on an ice berg credited to ISTOCKPHOTO.COM. The photo is a fake with the following note in the photo caption at Istockphoto: "This images is a photoshop design. Polarbear, ice floe, ocean and sky are real, they were just not together in the way they are now."
What does the use of a faked photo say about the scientific credibility of the journal in question?
Wonder why the ABC didn't pick this one up, they do have previous experience with Polar Bears.
Update 10 May 2010. Roger Pielke Jnr discusses the value of getting the facts right - HERE.
"The general lesson here should be that no matter the virtues of the "cause" it does not justify cutting corners or fudging the facts. When errors are found, the proper response is not to shoot the messenger or ask people to ignore mistakes in the context of larger truths, but rather, to just get things right."
Update 10 May 2010 Science post a correction.
The image associated with this article was selected by the editors. We did not realize that it was not an original photograph but a collage, and it was a mistake to have used it.