Thursday, September 23, 2010

The MSM And Global Warming

Earlier this week I was pointed to a particularly egregious BBC article by Richard Black on the extent of this year's Arctic sea ice melt. As Black looks for every description to describe why the phenomenon is happening other than the "controversial" theory of global warming he also manages to never mention CO2 emissions; the 30 billion tonnes of CO2 humankind pumps into the atmosphere yearly as perhaps being one of the reasons. He also mischaracterizes the science citing an outdated prediction about when the Arctic will be free of summer ice so as to push a narrative that can only be described as one that has climate scientists forwarding exaggerated claims. So no need to worry or take action -- after all there will still be ice in the summer of Arctic in 2013, and the claims, by inference, are all exaggerated anyhow.

The last 12 months have been unusually warm globally - according to Nasa, the warmest in its 130-year record. This is partly down to El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean, which have the effect of raising temperatures globally.

Here's a question off the top of my head -- has El Nino ever helped raise the global average to similar record setting levels or is this in keeping with the projections and models that climate scientists have been forecasting for some time now? Joe Romm over at Climate Progress gets pretty warm under the collar about this, not as much because of the misreporting on the story, but the source. For him, like me, the BBC is a venerated news organization and to read this kind of slipshod reporting coming from them is disheartening.

He also fails to mention the rapidly diminishing volume of sea ice which of course is more to the point so far as warming and a changing climate are concerned. Go check out this video that explains how ...the Arctic has been the fastest-warming region on the planet.  This video tells the story of how it has been changing, as seen from satellites above, and submarines below, touring through years of hard research — in three minutes. Some of the key findings: sea ice is thinning even faster than it is shrinking in area, and Greenland has been shedding ice at an accelerating pace — with consequences for sea level.

And this is by no means the only example of BBC wankery. In the hottest decade in recorded human history, one that's seen record temperatures all around the globe there was a headline that asked "What Happened to Global Warming?"

In a post that describes the dramatic decline in the quality of reporting at the BBC on the subject of global warming there is an apt description of the problem with the false 'he said/she said' dichotomy of American style journalism where science is concerned. Where complete falsehoods and fabrications are juxtaposed and given equal weight with facts, the example of two guys in a bar is used: One man is arguing that 2 + 2 = 4 and the other that 2 + 2 = 6. The BBC solution to reporting on this disagreement (the rest of the MSM as well)? Put them both on TV and suggest that the answer must lie somewhere in the middle.

You can see the problem with that, right?

UPDATE: This is what Global warming looks like:


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This is what Global Warming looks like from NRDC Broadcast Videos on Vimeo.

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