OSLO A hoax scientific study pointing to ocean
bacteria as the overwhelming cause of global warming fooled
some skeptics on Thursday who doubt growing evidence that human
activities are to blame.
Laden with scientific jargon and published online in the
previously unknown "Journal of Geoclimatic Studies" based in
Japan, the report suggested the findings could be "the death of
manmade global warming theory."
Skeptics jumped on the report. A British scientist e-mailed
the report to 2,000 colleagues before spotting it was a spoof.
Another from the U.S. called it a "blockbuster."
Blogger skeptic Neil Craig wrote: "This could not be more
damaging to manmade global warming theory ... I somehow doubt
if this is going to be on the BBC news."
It was not clear who was behind the report, which said
bacteria in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans emitted at least
300 times more carbon dioxide than industrial activity -- a
finding that, if true, would overturn the widely held view of
scientists that burning fossil fuels are the main cause of
But scientists knocked the report down.
"The whole story is a hoax," Deliang Chen, professor of
Meteorology at Gothenburg University in Sweden, told Reuters.
He said two "authors" listed as from his University were
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