Sunday, February 15, 2009

More Biased Climate Change Reporting

With a dearth of serious science showing that climate change is accelerating (indeed, even keeping pace with model predictions), it should not surprise us to see the media overstretching to attempt to maintain the momentum on public funding and policy intiatives.

Google News this morning had this article from the Washington Post: "Scientists: Pace of Climate Change Exceeds Estimates." The body of the article is essentially arguing that the pace of climate change might be stronger because carbon emissions have continued to increase and some additional positive feedbacks in the climate cycle have been identified. But unless we include the mere concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to constitute climate change, then the headline is certainly misleading.

Does anyone else want to suggest that the search for positive climate feedbacks is heavily favored over negative feedbacks? Bad science, when most effort is spent trying to confirm a theory rather than reject it.

The Climate Science site picked up on these headlines as well: "An Egregious Example Of Biased News Reporting."

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