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CLIMATE: TNT shouldn’t pander to ignorance

Letter by Margi Nowak, Tacoma on Sep. 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm with No Comments »
September 12, 2013 2:52 pm

Re: “Where’s news that doesn’t fit agenda?” (letter, 9-11).

The online version of the letter that cited the “60 percent increase” in the Arctic ice pack came with a link – to Mail Online, the online version of the British tabloid The Daily Mail. Did nobody at The News Tribune look up the credibility of this source?

A simple Google search for the phrase “polar ice increase” reveals several links to more scientifically reliable sources that more accurately explain why an increase in polar ice is not incompatible with long-term global warming trends.

Whether you check the Journal of the American Meteorological Society, or even a less technical but still non-tabloid source such as the British online version of The Guardian on this subject, you will learn how badly The Daily Mail/Mail Online and other tabloids misunderstood what is happening with polar ice measurements and why.

The scientific illiteracy here – in the exultant claim that “there is a 60 percent increase in Arctic ice” (so therefore “there is no global warming”) – is the same kind we see every time a snowflake or even a major snowstorm prompts climate change deniers to crow that “Al Gore is wrong.”

Newspapers should not pander to this ignorance.

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