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Early high-level Recognition for new Denialist Reporter at the Oz

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Within weeks of taking up his role as environmental reporter at The Australian, Graham Lloyd has had his analysis of a recent climate report honoured with a complaint from recognition by the Royal Society of London. Working with Matthew Franklin, Lloyd found insights not even understood by the authors of the report. This is a remarkable achievement given that Lloyd does not have the specialist environmental experience that Matthew Warren, his predecessor as environmental reporter, gained by working for the mining industry. Warren's reporting excellence contributed to editor Chris Mitchell winning the 2008 JN Pierce Award from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association for Media Excellence for coverage of climate change policy

Lloyd and Warren are part of a proud tradition of
denial non-core science with a Times article Leading scientist urges teaching of creationism in schools run in the Oz as Royal Society backs creationism. Editorials in The Australian with breakthroughs in non-core science such as IPCC linked to match fixing in test cricket are legendary. The innovative approach to environmental issues by regular columnists includes fabricating a quote from Pope and strong support for Ian Plimer and his innovative concept that the Sun is made of iron.

Lloyd's overall success will be measured against the newspaper's long history documented in the series
The Australian's War on Science support of non-core science by Tim Lambert's Deltiod blog, reported in parts 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 12(ii) - 12(iii) - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 - 25 - 26 - 27 - 28 - 29 - 30 - 31 - 32 - 33 - 34 - 35 - 36 - 37 - 38 - 39 - 40 - 41 - 42 - 43 - 44 - 45 - 46 - 47 - 48 - 49 and 50 . This is a daunting record to live up to, but Graham Lloyd is starting well.

Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz. Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing, University of Narbethong, West Island Campus, NZ