I think that the the Bill McKibben article in The Rolling Stone does a very great job of clearly explaining some of the very complex scientific info surrounding climate change. Even though the numbers regarding how much humans can raise the current temperature or the amount of carbon dioxide emissions that will cause this raise in temperature are daunting, a significant amount of people still deny that global climate change is occuring–although recently more people are beginning to believe as shown by Mark Drajem’s Bloomberg article. A Union of Concerned Scientist report shows that a lot of this disbelief may be due to misleading reports about climate change by news sources such as Fox News or the Wall Street Journal. Thinking back on our discussion of scientific journalism, what role/effect does the media play on a scientific issue such as global climate change and what could these news organizations do to best convince people of possible impending danger? Also, in regards to the public opinion of oil companies such as Exxon or BP, how can the media along with political parties influence and affect the opinions of these companies?
Climate Change and Misrepresentation