The Guardian led with ‘Top climate sceptic calls for $100 bn fund to fight global warming.’
On the same day, the Daily Express had ‘Climate change lies are exposed.’
Quite an insight into editorial policy on climate change, I’m sure you’ll agree. The first of those headlines refers to a new book from Bjorn Lomborg, arguably the best known climate sceptic, in which he calls for immediate action on climate change. The article begins: “The world’s most high-profile climate change sceptic is to declare that global warming is “undoubtedly one of the chief concerns facing the world today” and “a challenge humanity must confront”, in an apparent U-turn that will give a huge boost to the embattled environmental lobby.”
Having gloated for six paragraphs, the article also mentions that the Interacademy Council has published it’s investigation into the IPCC’s 2007 report. As a result, there is pressure on IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri to stand down.
The Express, which came out against climate science in a big way last year, leads with the IAC report: “The world’s leading climate change body has been accused of losing credibility after a damning report into its research practices. A high-level inquiry into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found there was “little evidence” for its claims about global warming.”
The Express is being misleading here, as the report comments on IPCC structure and process, not the evidence for climate change. “The process used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to produce its periodic assessment reports has been successful overall,” begins the IAC’s own press release, but it does recomend that it “fundamentally reform its management structure and strengthen its procedures”.
I mention these stories not to say who’s right and wrong, but as a reminder to read broadly. If you’re a Guardian reader, chances are you take climate change as a given. If you’re an Express reader, as the comments below the article testify, you may well think it’s all a massive con. It’s easy for us to surround ourselves with voices that we agree with, filling our bookmarks and RSS readers with “all the news you choose”. Let’s keep asking questions of our favourite news sources.