19.7 - number of the month
Misrepresentation of environmental science on the internet is widespread and weblogs are by no means a special case. From deforestation rates in the Amazon to climate change statistics, nothing is necessarily how it appears.
Furthermore, unlike most traditional forms of media that have gatekeepers, people whose job it is validate facts, check copy, exert some sort of quality control; the defining characteristic of the blogosphere is its lack of regulation.
Consider these two headlines:
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Backing for 'hockey stick' graph
The Earth was hotter in the late 20th Century than it had been in the last 400 or possibly 1,000 years, a report requested by the US Congress concludes.
Report Raises New Questions About Climate Change Assessments
Overall, our committee believes that Dr. Mann’s assessments that the decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade of the millennium and that 1998 was the hottest year of the millennium cannot be supported by his analysis.’
The second headline is the actual report the BBC refers to, but doesn't link to! - go and read the whole thing, don't trust me on it. Remember don't listen to bloggers or do your own research - stick to the BBC and the rest of the MSM where the "gatekeepers" will make sure you get only the facts you ought to.
19.7 is the average July 2006 Temperature you may want to slot into the handy chart I provided here which is the official Met Office Central England Average Temperatures for the last four hundred years and graphs out like this:
Compare and contrast to the official Hockey stick graph:
Update: In response to a comment here are the hottest days graphed out.