Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Two out of ten for cheek

A number of dodgy science stories caught my eye recently. This for example from the ever unreliable BBC.

River pollution could be increased by wetter winters

A research team from Lancaster University concluded that increased, more intensive winter rainfall is likely to wash more fertiliser out of soil and into rivers.

This could artificially nourish plants, including toxic algae.

The research team is now embarking on a project to help predict and ultimately mitigate agricultural pollution.

This nutrient runoff issue has been well understood and closely monitored for years. The toxic algae issue became prominent in 1989 when several dogs died after drinking water from Rutland storage reservoir. The increased rainfall claim is standard climate bollocks.

So what's the score for this research? Two out of ten for cheek?

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