16 september 2013

The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report

Climate contrarians appear to be running damage control in the media before the next IPCC report is published

by Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian, September 16, 2013

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Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal and The Australian are providing the media coverage for climate contrarian damage control. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA [Click on photo to enlarge]

The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is due out on September 27th, and is expected to reaffirm with growing confidence that humans are driving global warming and climate change. In anticipation of the widespread news coverage of this auspicious report, climate contrarians appear to be in damage control mode, trying to build up skeptical spin in media climate stories. Just in the past week we've seen:

-- The David Rose Mail on Sunday piece that treated scientific evidence in much the way bakers treat pretzel dough.
-- Dr. John Christy interviewed by the Daily Mail;
-- Christy's colleague Dr. Roy Spencer in The Christian Post;
-- Andrew Montford in Rupert Murdoch's The Australian;
-- Matt Ridley in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal; and
-- Bjorn Lomborg in The Washington Post.

Interestingly, these pieces spanned nearly the full spectrum of the 5 stages of global warming denial.


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