Some major news outlets continue to broadcast or publish what can only be called disinformation regarding the current state of climate science research findings.
As previously reported here on Planetsave, FOX News has been at the forefront of inaccurate (doubt-promoting) climate change reporting.The Wall Street Journal has also continued this questionable reporting on its famous op-ed pages.
The reporting, buy one notable account, is worse than suspected.
A recent snapshot analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found that, over a 6 month period at FOX News, “93 percent of the references to climate science were misleading.” Further, the UCS analysis found: “In one year on the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages, 81 percent of the references were misleading.”
UCS presented it findings last month at several events in New York City, and delivered 20,000 comments from UCS supporters to the headquarters of News Corporation (the owners of FOX News) and the Wall Street Journal, along with a request to “stop failing science and improve how they represent climate science.” (Source: UCS newsletter, Oct. 16, 2012)
It’s fine to complain, even better to show… in full public view!… So, check out this video presentation by UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, wherein she handily corrects the climate science inaccuracies using a six-foot tall blowup of a WSJ Op-Ed page in famed Bryant Park (former favorite ‘hangout’ spot of none other than Nikola Tesla — one of the earliest advocates of renewable energy!). Article continues below.
The event started off with a panel discussion featuring TIME Magazine senior writer Bryan Walsh and Harvard University professor and Union of Concerned Scientists Board Chair Dr. James McCarthy, who discussed the current state of climate science reporting in the mainstream media.
Dr. Ekwurzel and UCS staff members were later joined by supporters who stamped “Not Science” on the op-ed and filled out postcards (with similar statements) later sent to News Corp.
You, too, can lend your voice of objection to mainstream science disinformation by doing the following:
- Tell Rupert Murdoch to get the facts straight! Take action now.
- Support the Union of Concerned Scientists and join their efforts to combat misinformation about climate science. Become a member or renew your membership today!
Video/Photo/Chart: UCS website
Michael Ricciardi is a well-published writer of science/nature/technology articles and essays, poetry and short fiction. Michael has interviewed dozen of scientists from many scientific fields, including Brain Greene, Paul Steinhardt, and Nobel Laureate Ilya Progogine (deceased). Michael was trained as a naturalist and taught ecology and natural science on Cape Cod, Mass. from 1986-1991. His first arts grant was for production of the environmental (video) documentary 'The Jones River - A Natural History', 1987-88 (Kingston, Mass.). Michael is also an award winning, internationally screened video artist. Two of his more recent short videos; 'A Time of Water Bountiful' and 'My Name is HAM' (an "imagined memoir" about the first chimp in space), and several other short videos, can be viewed on his website (http://www.chaosmosis.net). Michael currently lives in Seattle, Washington.