Thursday, February 08, 2007

Coverage of IPCC SPM: The Confused

Good intentions behind these articles but may wind up confusing readers.

Associated Press (AP Science writer Seth Borenstein) - The Washington Post ran this AP story under the title "Global Warming Unstoppable, Report Says". That's an awful headline. If you read the story you find Mr. Borenstein trying to convey that some change is inevitable but we still need to do something.

This is a subtle distinction which I'm sure the defenders of the status-quo will try to confuse. Very simply: climate change is happening (because of CO2 already emitted) and will continue to happen (because there's no magic switch to shut it off right now) but the changes will be much worse if we really do nothing.

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