Monday, October 02, 2017
When a Story Simply Feels Too Good.
It was like throwing raw meat to a school of piranha. A couple of weeks ago a study published in Nature Geoscience had the climate change denialist media (yes, there is such a thing) in a feeding frenzy. They spun the report into a story claiming that the climate change consensus was wrong, that our situation wasn't nearly as dire as those pocket-lining alarmist scientists had claimed and that we wouldn't have much trouble staying within the 1.5C target for global warming.
I read those reports. I even felt a bit of relief. I thought I really should write a post on it, for fairness sake if nothing else but something didn't feel right. Better, I concluded, to wait for the scientific community to respond to the media's take on the story.
As I suspected, the "feel good" news reports were spin.
The Guardian article reveals there were several problems with the study. Foremost among them the authors relied on a Hadley Centre data set that completely omitted the Arctic, the fastest warming area of the planet. There were several others.
Still it's easy to agree with the study's conclusion that the world's governments must act urgently to sharply slash greenhouse gas emissions if we're to have any chance.