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Complainant Name:
Dr James Annan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Dr James Annan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article on climate change which misrepresented his research into global warming in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of print and online corrections in the following terms:

"An article on March 17 headed "The Great Green Con" said climate scientist James Annan was predicting the true rate of global warming as about half that predicted by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007. In fact the UN's prediction was a probable warming range of 2°C- 4.5°C if CO2 levels double, with a most likely figure of 3°C. Dr Annan now predicts a range of 2°C- 4°C with 2.5°C most likely. We are happy to set the record straight."

Date Published: 04/06/2013

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