Over a quick coffee this morning I browsed The Advertiser, the one and only daily paper for South Australia . Two articles about climate change caught my eye.
The first, a half page illustrated spread on the upcoming climate conference. The focus of course was on the carbon cost of the flights to get there, the dollars to be spent on “bureaucrats” , and the fact that the accomodation will be luxurious.
A few pages later, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the postage-stamp sized article informing me that a new record minimum artic sea ice extent has just been recorded, 1/2 % lower than the previous 2007 record (Update 20th September 2011. I have since checked in with the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, and they are putting 2011 as a close second after 2007. There would appear to be some disparity between the findings of the different organisations who follow this. For useful context, the previous 5 years are the lowest on record).
How do I fight this? When it is so clear that those who control the monopoly newspaper in my city are doing everything they can to make news out of nothing, and obscure the real story, what the hell do I do?
I do this. It’s all I’ve got. Do me a favour and pass it on.