Hardly a day goes by without a new dire warning about climate change. But some claims are more extreme than others, giving rise to fears that the problem is being oversold and damaging the issue.
I’ve written narrowly about this problem before from a media point of view – the seizing upon a small and suggestive result to suggest a large and conclusive problem. But the BBC piece is much more comprehensive.
James links to Roger Pielke Jr.’s post on the issue that covers the most important base well: the BBC’s decision not to quote your garden-variety skeptics, who are in a tiny minority and are therefore easily dismissed in the tribal climate wars tussle. Instead, the producers chose people who believe in the scientific consensus, and believe climate change is a problem. By shifting the debate off of the usual tribal terrain, the producers force the discussion into a much more useful territory.