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PNAS lifts sea rise paper embargo early after break

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pnasThe Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has lifted the embargo early on a paper examining the role of global warming in rising sea levels after coverage before the scheduled 3 p.m. Eastern embargo today.

From a PNAS email at 9:49 Eastern this morning:

Due to an embargo break, PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper. All other articles are under the scheduled embargo:

•     The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming

Anders Levermann, Peter U. Clark, Ben Marzeion, Glenn A. Milne, David Pollard, Valentina Radic, Alexander Robinson

PNAS tells us:

We’re still investigating the origin and circumstances of the break, but we were alerted to a Reuters story that was picked up by multiple outlets before the scheduled embargo lift.

Here’s that Reuters story, “Seas may rise 2.3 meters per degree of global warming: report.” It quotes Levermann and mentions a new study, but does not cite PNAS.

It’s the second PNAS embargo break within several weeks. If this does turn out to be a break by Reuters, it’ll be the third at the agency since June.

Update, 3 p.m. Eastern, 7/17/13: PNAS tells us this was part of an email from the Reuters reporter:

I received a copy of the press release in advance on Thursday with the embargo for Monday evening clearly marked on it. I wrote my story on Friday, clearly marking it as embargoed, and sent it to the editors in London to be sent on Monday. Unfortunately, through human error, an editor in London accidentally sent it out on Saturday evening. It was withdrawn within 60 seconds and the story was clearly still marked with the embargo tag. Unfortunately websites had, however, already posted the story in those few seconds, I am told. The editor in London apologised for the blunder and the story was quickly withdrawn, as mentioned.
PNAS has

asked for extra vigilance in the future and have been assured the matter is being addressed at the highest levels by the Reuters Editorial Team in London.


Written by Ivan Oransky

July 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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