Monday, July 19, 2004

Dishonest Reporting on Global Warming

Here's a perfect example of the misleading reporting that is typical when the subject is global warming. The headline blares "The truth about global warming - it's the Sun that's to blame", but what does the body say?

Dr Solanki said that the brighter Sun and higher levels of "greenhouse gases", such as carbon dioxide, both contributed to the change in the Earth's temperature but it was impossible to say which had the greater impact.
In other words, no, it isn't just "the Sun that's to blame", and we don't even know just how much blame to lay on our nearby star and how much to place on our own shoulders. So why the assertion in the headline, then? Might it have something to do with, oh, I dunno, the Torygraph knowing just what sort of news its audience likes to read?