Thursday, April 15, 2010

Update: Upheld complaint on corals posted

COMMENT: ABC have posted the results of our complaint "Coral Reef report exaggerates scientific doomsday scenarios" on the ABC website:

ABC Online – Environment, 10 February 2010

Summary published: Tuesday 13, April 2010

Complaint:  An online reader complained that an ABC Environment feature article ‘Coral protector: reefs keep our coast nice’ contained inaccuracies and failed to include alternative views.

Audience and Consumer Affairs response:  The complaint was upheld on one count of inaccuracy. The ABC acknowledged that the article inaccurately stated that “In 2007 the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that an increase in sea level of just 18 to 59 centimetres, likely by 2100, would be enough to wipe the Maldives off the map”. Although the IPCC did warn of a sea level increase of 18 to 59 centimetres by 2100, it did not suggest that this would wipe the Maldives off the map. The article was amended.

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