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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LA Times: Non-coverage of non-winter's climate connection

Los Angeles Times science reporter Eryn Brown sees a remarkably warm winter over most of the U.S., but manages to skate through without any mention of global warming, opting instead to point out that the Pacific Northwest has been cool and that Los Angeles has had a few chilly days.  Oh, and the Arctic Oscillation and La Nina have something to do with it too.

Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, commented on Twitter, "For climate change to not even be mentioned in a story on 'Year Without A Winter' is simply journalistic malpractice."  I concur.  As I've said elsewhere, this winter isn't proof of human-caused global warming--it's just the kind of weather, in particular extreme weather, that we are likely to see more and more of in a warming world.  Any reporter for a major newspaper who doesn't point that out is failing in her responsibility.

Related posts:

Connecting dots on weather & climate: local newspaper shows how it's done, Dec. 30, 2011
How the New York Times could cover global warming, Dec. 23, 2011
The New York Times and global warming (not): why?, Oct. 3, 2011

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