New bear species discovered: Ursus Bogus

Posted on May 12, 2010 by Anthony Watts

I had been avoiding this photo issue, because well, the whole thing is stupid no matter how you look at it and it’s been been heavily covered elsewhere. But when Tim Blair coined the clever headline “Ursus Bogus“, in the Daily Telegraph, I knew I had to pass it on to American readers. WUWT readers may also recall NOAA/NCDC using photoshopped pictures of a flooded house in their big whoop-de-doo climate impacts report last year. They had to pull the report. Heh.

Blair writes:

Science magazine is deeply disturbed:

We are deeply disturbed by the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular. All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts.

To illustrate its item about scientific facts, Science chose this image of a doomed poley bear:

One small problem.

As James Delingpole reveals, that poley bear image is fake. It’s been photoshopped.Science subsequently admitted:

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.

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