Update-see outcome below
ABC HEADLINE: "Pacific islands growing, not sinking" news online 3/6/2010
ABC REPORTED: ABC somewhat surprisingly covered recent research that indicates that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking, as claimed by the IPCC. In its report the ABC suggests the findings were published in New Scientist magazine "The findings, published in the magazine New Scientist" .
THE COMPLAINT: New Scientist is not a peer reviewed journal, like the ABC it merely reports the news.
The research findings were in fact published in the journal Global and Planetary Change. The source of the New Scientist report is a research paper by Andrew Webb and Paul Kench titled "The dynamic response of reef islands to sea level rise: evidence from multi-decadal analysis of island change in the central pacific". The DOI is http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2010.05.003
Please amend the report to provide the correct publication.
OUTCOME: Received 27 July, 2010
COMMENT: With recent staff increases it should be possible for ABC journalists to take the time (we took 2 minutes) to find the original research.
It appears New Scientist standards are also lapsing. The link to the paper provided in their article is not correct and returns a related paper by Colin Woodroffe published in Global and Planetary change in 2007. We have informed New Scientist of the need for a correction. My good help is certainly hard to find these days!