Dr Myles Allen, head of the Climate Dynamics group at the University of Oxford’s Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department is confused. “It is odd that we still don’t take climate change seriously”, he writes in The Guardian online, discussing the fact that a good proportion of the British public don’t believe in Global Warming :-
He might need to wake up to the fact that the British Press are being misled, and in turn, misleading the country.
He ascribes Climate Change scepticism, “denier-tribe”, in print and online, to the Media’s fondness for the “narrative of the fallen idol”. He blames journalists for maintaining the assault on scientists, and says the journalists “know perfectly well” that they are being inaccurate, and asks why they continue to do it.
What Myles Allen perhaps misses is an analysis of where journalists get their information from. Has he not realised that the average reporter knows nothing about the Science of Global Warming, nor the Phenology of Climate Change ? They will react to whomever is talking loudest this week in order to get a “story”, it seems to me.
Thus you have the Daily Mail being quite accurate on the Science one day :-
and then publishing the personal views of Dr David Whitehouse the next, which paint a completely different picture :-
Could this have something to do with Nigel Lawson and Christopher Monckton ? You bet it does. Dr David Whitehouse is the “adviser to the Global Warming Policy Foundation”.
My question is this : where is the Public Relations campaign for Climate Change Science to counteract this confusing state of affairs ?
Oh yes, nearly 2,000 scientists have signed a statement to support the science of Climate Change :-
But that’s really not enough.
The Media should tell us the truth on matters of import. In my view it is ridiculous, and dangerous, for the Media to continue to publish the views of Climate Change denier-sceptics. It is incredibly socially destabilising to influence large numbers of people, leading them to deny the science.
At the very least, the Media should employ mainstream scientists to write and edit on Global Warming.
Moreover, somebody has to run a Public Relations campaign to bring the real Science to the Media.
The UK Government’s ActOnCO2 is not up to this task. Who is ? And who will pay for it ?