Seeing global warming: The New Yorker

The New Yorker's captivating Blown Covers blog offers a contest for images of global warming, with many of their best to date, including this old fav:


The record-breaking heat wave that has hit the Midwest and much of the nation this spring and summer, the huge fires in Colorado this year and in Texas last year, the super "derecho" thunderstorms that hit the East this year, and the slow-moving Europe-sized hurricane that blundered into New England last year — these are just the sort of increasingly extreme events climatologists have been expecting to see. 

(As Elizabeth Kolbert said in the lead editorial in this week's edition of the magazine.)

So why then can the possibility that global warming could contribute to drought conditions not be mentioned in coverage of the extreme drought that is gripping the nation? 

USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and even the New York TImes all put the drought on the front page this week, yet did not mention climate change in any of the stories. (The New York Times did predict that the drought would worsen, which at least opens the door to discussing the future, if only a crack) When Andrew Freedman dove into the research on drought today for Climate Central, he pointed the finger at La Niña first, for good reason, but certainly didn't overlook the factor of climate change. 

But his outlet is for the already interested.

For the general public, one has tø wonder: Is global warming the elephant in the room in American journalism?

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  1. Steve Bloom

    Editors seldom come from the ranks of science journalists, as you know.

    Also, scientists spent years mistakenly training journalists to not connect AGW to specific events, even large scale ones, so now we have an old dog/new trick problem.

    July 22, 2012