Throughout all of these articles, one thing was definitely clear, climate change is happening. I am terribly confused about how all of these articles say that it is a fact, all of the scientists say it is a fact, but still such a large population of American does not believe that this is an issue. David Roepik’s article Lessons in Risk Perception from Rising Climate Change Concern, had some very interesting outlooks on this issue, stating that many people don’t want to believe because it is a scary subject. This issue has people so enraged on both ends of the spectrum. As stated in The Battle Over Climate Science by Tom Clynes, climate change scientists are receiving death threats from people who are convinced that the science behind this is fabricated. Bill McKibben’s article Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, show how people do not think enough is being done to correct the effects of global warming, including how the government is not taking enough steps.
This collection of articles shows a vast array of issues surrounding the climate change, including the lack of acceptance of it being a valid issue, the passion of people who are against it (like the man who scouted out Wikipedia to ensure that global warming was not mentioned in the Hurricane Sandy article), how the government will take steps to help the issue, and how to educate American’s on what they can do and what the problem is.
1. Why do you think there is such a disconnect between the citizens of America and what journalists and scientists are saying when it comes to the subject of climate change? Do you think it is a result of media coverage, or because people do not see this in their backyard yet?
2. Do you think steps like what the LA Times has taken, where they have stated that they will no longer publish opinion pieces that are against climate change, are good? Do they harm people’s right to an opinion, or that it is a great way to ensure good journalism?
3. Political satire shows are becoming increasingly popular. Do you think that shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report do a good job at reporting the news in a fair way? Does humor help or is it not a good way to report?