Monday, January 08, 2007

Washington Post- Whistling Past the Graveyard

I am just flabergasted by this article in the Washington Post regarding the strange weather we are having. The headline suggests that the weather is 'wacky', in the same way that one might say that Carrottop is a 'wacky' guy.

Yet, what this article obscures is the enormous threat posed by global warming. Over the course of the entire article, the phenomenon is not mentioned once. And while it may be difficult to say for certain whether global warming is directly responsible for this change in weather, to completely ignore it within this context is horribly irresponsible.

I believe this represents the central difficulty in discussing climate change in the media, global warming represents a systemic change in the environment. It is not easy to point to a specific event and know for sure that global warming is directly responsible. However, by not talking about it at all, we are certainly putting ourselves in danger.

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