News at One today on BBC R4. The main items:
- The vast floods in Pakistan (No mention of manmade climate change, which will make such events progressively more common – until the glaciers in the Himalaya have melted away, after which the sub-continent will be in permanent drought).
- The growing forest fire menace in Russia (No mention of manmade climate change, despite the all-time record temperatures of the first half of this year which will have contributed strongly to these fires. See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703309704575413244052775582.html)
- Humungous iceberg breaking off from Greenland, two thirds the size of the Isle of White. At last, a mention of manmade climate change – the reporter reminds us of the record-breaking temperatures of 2010 – but tells us that a leading oceanographer remarked that “It isn’t clear that global warming is to blame” for the iceberg breaking off…
…God save us all. If this is the best we can do, then we are doomed. …There couldn’t be more misleading reporting. It is of course right that, technically, it is never possible to link any one weather-event or other event 100% decisively with manmade climate change. What the latter does is greatly probabilify these events.
If we are not prepared to recognise that, and will not report it, then we are basically in denial. And if the denial persists, it will be too late.
We have 76 of those 100 months left, folks… 76 months left, to turn this supertanker around…