Written By: - Date published: 5:00 am, May 4th, 2009 - 17 comments
Categories: books, climate change - Tags: ,

Here’s the cover of Ian Wishart’s latest piece of scientifically illiterate climate change denialism, Air Con:


And here’s the poster for World Fair Trade Day 2008:


It seems an unlikely coincidence.

[Hat tip: forgetaboutthelastone in the comments.]

17 comments on “Coincidence?”

  1. TightyRighty 1

    Coincidence? Having illiterate in the same sentence as denialism?

  2. Tim Ellis 2

    That is pretty dodgy. Great spotting, Tane.

  3. Rich 3

    I foresee Wishart will be hearing from m’learned friends in the near future.

    If the Fair Trade people are short on the dosh for lawyers, I’d be happy to chip in…

    • Tane 3.1

      It’s possible they’ve both just used the same stock photo. But it’d be interesting to hear what the explanation is.

  4. George Darroch 4

    I think he’s on the right side of the law. People have been painting the earth on faces for a long time. Very derivative though.

  5. Luke 5

    It’s a stock photo available at

  6. CMR 6

    So, the cover is more diverting than the content?

  7. Scribe 7


    Thanks for stopping this insanity. I’ve used this iStock image in my work.

    Was it iStock whence Labour got its image of a “typical Kiwi family” for campaign material? Just cropped out the American flag, if memory serves me correctly.

  8. Macro 8

    If it is true that you can judge a book by its cover – it is certainly the case here! There is nothing original on the cover, and there certainly isn’t anything original in the book – its all cribbed from skeptic publications/websites – some of it even regurgitated without acknowledgment. Investigative journalist! BAH!!

  9. McHughie 9

    Haven’t laughed so hard in years – Wishart has demolished Gareth Renowden at Hot Topic in a response to Gareth’s review.

    • BLiP 9.1

      Scarcely. Its just more Wishart science fiction and pandering to his raputre fantasy club.

  10. McHuhgie 10

    Really BLiP? Last time I read the link he’d quoted a paper from Science that directly contradicts the knowledge of Gareth. How is that “Wishart science fiction”?

  11. Artie S 11

    Couldn’t wishart afford the services of a good illustrator?

    Especially since he reminds us of how his books become such great sellers.

    Using generic photography lessens the impact, and the relevance of cover vis a vis text.

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