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ONE MONDAY IN DECEMBER...
We’ve just had the most severe winter since the early omitted to say that it’s because 1998 was the warmest
nineties, with the highlands reaching lows not seen for year on record.
thirty years or more, and this single event has been leaped
I suspect very strongly that the reasons for the Express’s
upon by a seemingly phenomenal number of people saying
sudden cynicism is rooted not in the interests of healthy
that it’s direct evidence that climate change is bunkum.
and challenging debate, but because they have seen a
When it is pointed out to them that the consensus of the good old-fashioned market opportunity. In November,
world’s scientific community, across all the relevant they were happy to run stories from the opposite foot,
disciplines, is that climate change is a very real and such as pop star Midge Ure’s warning about the effect on
pressing problem, they usually play either the conspiracy children (Nov 5) and Gordon Brown seeking a ‘pivotal role’
card (it’s a worldwide conspiracy to enable governments for Britain at Copenhagen (Dec 14th). Looking at the articles
to raise more taxes from us and the scientists are they ran, one can see clearly that at some time on Monday
supporting them) or the ‘easy grants’ card (it’s easy to get December 14th, the policy flipped. No slow emergence of
funded if you’re researching climate change and being all doubt, no series of increasingly questioning articles – one
‘green’ about everything). day they were ‘warmists’ and the next – ‘deniers’. That’s
The Daily Express recently ran a jaw-dropping front page
not a process of concerned, questioning journalism –
story, headlined “100 reasons why climate change is natural”
that’s a policy enactment.
(Dec15), which started by stating that, “There is no real They’ve positively pounced on the Himalayan glaciers
scientific proof that the current warming is caused by the error in the 2007 report, running at least three stories on
rise of greenhouse gases from man’s activity”, and it that I know of. One headline read, “CLIMATE CHANGE
proceeded to push the envelope of the ridiculous from there. BOSS: WE GOT IT WRONG”. How’s that for good, balanced
Among the 100 reasons it cites (and by no means the most and responsible journalism?
ludicrous) is “The biggest climate change ever experienced
The fact is that the Daily Express continually comes a
on earth took place around 700 million years ago”.
poor second to the Daily Mail, its direct competitor. The
That may well be true, but it’s hardly a ‘reason’ for anything. Express averages around 725,00 sales each day, whilst
Michael Le Page, Features Editor of The New Scientist
the Mail achieves about 2.2M.
responded almost immediately on the NS site, systematically Clearly, the Express has to do something.
debunking the Express’s ‘reasons’. He only managed 50,
As conspiracy and hidden agendas seem to be flavour of
because the remainder were either not reasons for
the season, I posit that by adopting a strident stance of
anything at all, were so lacking in credibility that they
denial, the Express hopes to tap into the growing sense of
defied repudiation or were repetitions of earlier ‘reasons’.
incredulity felt about climate change being whipped up
How do you counter a statement such as, “The argument amongst the general population and in doing so, increase
that climate change is a of result of global warming its market share.
caused by human activity is the argument of flat Earthers”,
Then before you know it – the Daily Mail are on the band-
and how can a national newspaper possibly claim such a
wagon. Too tedious to report here, but if you’re interested,
statement as a ‘reason’?
Google ‘Guardian Mojib Latif’. It’s all there.
But there was more.
The Express, of course, would say that are the only major
It also contained directly misleading statements such as, British newspaper voicing the real questions and
“The accepted global average temperature statistics used concerns that must be addressed.
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change show
To that I say: “don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining”.
that no ground-based warming has occurred since 1998.”
That statement is absolutely true, but they conveniently
Steve
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stephenmgrant.com
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