Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1307a
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1307a

DON'T CITE MY WORK. Remote-sensing specialist Curt Davis (pictured, top) was prepared for his 15 minutes of fame after this magazine published his article on the snowfall-driven growth of East Antarctic ice (Science, 24 June 2005, p. 1898). But it took nearly a year to attract serious media attention, and the inquiries were not what he expected: Global warming skeptics had made it the centerpiece of a new ad campaign.

“It was a complete misuse of what I was doing,” says the University of Missouri, Columbia, researcher. “And I felt I had to respond.”

The 60-second ad put out by the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) shows Davis's paper as the narrator explains that “The Antarctic ice sheet is getting thicker, not thinner” (streams.cei.org). Not exactly, says Davis. His data can only show that the ice is growing in the interior of the East Antarctic. Emerging evidence suggests net shrinkage for the entire continent, he notes. Davis responded with a university press release refuting the ad—which also makes the point that CO2 is life (pictured, bottom)—and this magazine criticized the ad for “selective referencing” that “misrepresents” the paper. A CEI press release then countered that Davis misunderstood his paper's bottom line.

“You know where they're coming from,” says Davis, so “there's no point arguing with these people. There's a sense of futility; I can't say it's been pleasant.”

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