The Oceans are Not More Acidic Now Than in the Past 300 Million Years

Sadly a reflection of journalism by press release, compounded by retweeting. Kudos to Nature Geoscience for correcting, wouldn’t expect the Guardian to follow suit.
Thank you. 🙂

My Garden Pond

…despite what the Guardian says.Update:…as the Guardian now agrees.

[Update: 9 Oct 2013 13.01 pm:The headline and first paragraph of the article have now been changed following email correspondence between Fiona Harvey and me. Credit to Fiona and the Guardian for this response. The links now lead to the updated version which can be compared with the screenshot below. Further update: See also http://www.newssniffer.co.uk/articles/690315/diff/0/1 for a side-by-side comparison.]

Fiona Harvey’s article in the Guardian on 3 October 2013 Ocean acidification due to carbon emissions is at highest for 300m years misrepresents the scientific literature. This error has propagated across the Twittersphere.

(H/T Latimer Alder for the tweet that alerted me to this article)

Harvey wrote (my emphasis)

‘The oceans are more acidic now than they have been for at least 300m years, due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, and a mass…

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