Pro-GE Author Found Guilty of 'Scientific Dishonesty'

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Bjørn Lomborg rejected: The Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesy:
gmwatch.org: Murray 1.8.3 rmforall

Subject:  GMW: Pro-GE author found guilty of 'scientific dishonesty'
   Date:  Wed, 08 Jan 2003 11:50:29 +0000
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NGIN - GM WATCH daily: http://www.ngin.org.uk
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The following media release is forwarded from Mark Lynas. The full (and damning) official verdict on GE-supporter Lomborg by The Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty, which brings together some of the most senior members of Denmark's scientific establishment, can be read in English at:
http://www.forsk.dk/uvvu/nyt/udtaldebat/bl_decision.htm
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Press Release      -     For Immediate Release     -     7 January 2003

Controversial environmental author found guilty of 'scientific dishonesty'

Bjørn Lomborg, author of the controversial anti-green critique 'The Skeptical Environmentalist', has been found guilty of scientific dishonesty by a well-respected committee in his home country Denmark.

Lomborg came to prominence in August 2001 when the publication of his book caused great controversy within the scientific and environmental communities in both Europe and the United States.  It was favourably reviewed in much of the non-specialist media, especially the Economist, the New York Times, and the Sunday Times.  The Guardian ran extended extracts in its G2 supplement, and at the recent Earth Summit in Johannesburg, Lomborg was given a slot on BBC2 on which to expound his theories.

Today's judgement in effect upholds what Lomborg's critics have always claimed -

that his work is scientifically fraudulent and seriously misleading. Danish scientists expect the ruling to threaten his position as Director of Denmark's Institute for Enviromental Valuation, to which he was appointed by the country's new right-wing government in March 2002.

The Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty, which brings together some of the most senior members of Denmark's scientific establishment, spent much of 2002 considering the evidence before concluding today that Lomborg had "clearly acted at variance with good scientific practice".

The Committee's ruling continued: "There has been such perversion of the scientific message in the form of systematically biased representation that the objective criteria for upholding scientific dishonesty... have been met." Although the Committee did not feel able to conclude that Lomborg had his readers deliberately, this was only because the scientists considering the case felt that Lomborg might simply have misunderstood the issues he was working on.

Jeff Harvey, a former editor of the prestigious scientific journal Nature and formerly a Senior Scientist at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, was one of the original complainants who took the case to the Danish committee. He said: "It is unfortunate that I and many others felt it necessary to take Lomborg and his book to task for the veritable deluge of inaccuracies it contains, but Lomborg has veered well across the line that divides controversial, if not competent, science from unrepentant incompetence."

He continued: "Lomborg has failed time and again to rectify the egregious distortions he makes, he has based his conclusions on cherry-picking the studies he likes, and he has seriously undermined the public's understanding of important contemporary scientific issues. Scientists must be held accountable for serious transgressions that are committed without responsibility, and this judgement goes at least some way to underlining Lomborg's dishonesty."

Notes to editors:

1. The Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty's judgement is available in full to journalists.  It meets under the aegis of the Danish Research Agency, and has a website on www.forsk.dk and email forsk@forsk.dk.
Tel: + 45 3544 6200.  Alternatively, contact marklynas@zetnet.co.uk (for telephone numbers see below) for an electronic copy.

2. Jeff Harvey is available for comment on the following telephone numbers:
+31 26 47 91 312 (work) and +31 318 62 30 84 (home) or email:
harvey@cto.nioo.knaw.nl

3. Senior Danish scientist Carsten Rahbek can speak to the media about the significance of the decision within the country's scientific community. He can be reached at +45 38 79 48 60 (home) and +45 35 32 10 30 (work)

4. There is also a UK-based website containing critiques of Lomborg's work on www.anti-lomborg.com.  For more assistance on any UK angle contact Mark Lynas on  01865 711424 or 07811 456824.
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aspartame: methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid toxicity:
brief review: Murray 12.28.2 rmforall:

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/messagesfor 941 posts in a public searchable archive

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/910
formaldehyde & formic acid from methanol in aspartame:
Murray: 12.9.2 rmforall

It is certain that high levels of aspartame use, above 2 liters daily for months and years, must lead to chronic formaldehyde-formic acid toxicity, since 11% of aspartame (1,120 mg in 2L diet soda, 5.6 12-oz cans) is 123 mg methanol (wood alcohol), immediately released into the body after drinking (unlike the large levels of methanol locked up in molecules inside many fruits), then quickly transformed into formaldehyde, which in turn becomes formic acid, both of which in time become carbon dioxide and water-- however, about 30% of the methanol remains in the body as cumulative durable toxic metabolites of formaldehyde and formic acid-- 37 mg daily, a gram every month. If 10% of the methanol is retained as formaldehyde, that would give 12 mg daily formaldehyde accumulation, about 60 times more than the 0.2 mg from 10% retention of the 2 mg EPA daily limit for formaldehyde in drinking water.

Bear in mind that the EPA limit for formaldehyde in drinking water is 1 ppm, or 2 mg daily for a typical daily consumption of 2 L of water.

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/835
RTM: ATSDR: EPA limit 1 ppm formaldehyde in drinking water July 1999 5.30.2 rmforall

This long-term low-level chronic toxic exposure leads to typical patterns of increasingly severe complex symptoms, starting with headache, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, memory loss, and leading to vision and eye problems and even seizures. In many cases there is addiction. Probably there are immune system disorders, with a hypersensitivity to these toxins and other chemicals.

Confirming evidence and a general theory are given by Pall (2002):
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/aspartameNM/message/909
testable theory of MCS type diseases, vicious cycle of nitric oxide &
peroxynitrite: MSG: formaldehyde-methanol-aspartame:
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