[FoRK] An illustration of the lack of math / science / engineering in news rooms

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Jan 6 02:48:50 PST 2017


Because average global temp is near zero, yes, it almost works, but that is clearly accidental.  The semantic gap is obvious to us,
but apparently not to them.  You would think that someone there would have noticed, but apparently not.

sdw

On 1/5/17 7:19 PM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
> Current average global temp is 0.87C which is 33.566F.  So 5.634 degrees Fahrenheit change or about a global average temperature
> of 1C.
>
> I tried my best to make it work, but yeah, can't do it.
>
> Greg
>
> On 1/5/2017 6:34 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
>> NBCBayArea.com on the news just now: (slightly paraphrased)
>>
>> "MIT scientists say that if the Earth's temperature rises 4 degrees Celsius, which is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit, California will
>> likely get more large rain storms like this."
>>
>> Oh communications majors..., ask for help when you do math & science.  And I don't mean blind use of Google.
>>
>> They should employ a science-oriented college student just to filter for these kinds of egregious mistakes.
>>
>> sdw



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