The Herald Sun (HUN) is not normally a paper friendly to science - especially climate science.
Being the home of one of Australia’s most prominent deniers – Andrew Bolt – is a serious blight on the papers credibility. However occasionally the HUN gets it right…
An article in today’s HUN by journalist Jill Singer suggests sceptics of climate change start apologising for the fact they are wrong:
Climategate, you might recall,centred on emails hacked from the Climate Research Unit at the UK’s University of East Anglia.
But the BBC has been forced to apologise to the university researchers for wrongly claiming they had exaggerated the extent of the threat of global warming.
And there are still many, many more in the media who are well overdue in saying sorry for getting it wrong.
I’ve made the same call, suggesting Andrew Bolt retract statements made in relation to “Climategate”.
Of course the deniers won’t back down that quickly. They’ve spent years denying reality - a hard habit to break, as the comments section demonstrates. It is littered with the usual detritus of half-truths and ad hominem attacks that the small, but vocal army of climate “sceptics” pollute the public space with.
Says commentator Wazza of Melbourne:
How do you fight climate change, it happens every day Jill, its called nature, now if you are talking about another stupid term global warming, well I hope that is happening, as you will soon not want a mini ice age coming along, but don’t worry, if you had any brains you would know that climate is regulated by cold water currents coming down from north to the equator, but I probably wouldn’t dare think you have even looked at this side of things, and also there are things called erupting volcanoes, sun activity,and a little fraction of human contribution to weather changes, well I better rug up now, and wait for the so called heat waves that will hit us or maybe that snappy cold front we are feeling, oh yes it must be climate change!
Goodness me, the usual tired parade of arguments.
Macca of Melbourne gives us his wisdom:
What rubbish you write! All these weather conditions have occurred before and even at the same time in various parts of the world. You are an alarmist, a peddler of misinformation. This is a cyclic occurrence and the fact is this also happened around 100 years ago in Russia. So was that global warming too or cyclic? By the way the temperatures were between 35 and 38 degrees, hot for Russian that’s for sure but still cyclic stuff. What is the good fight Singer? Is it your global warming religion or scientific fact? The globe has been in a cooling cycle since 2000. You are just pushing your barrow!
The climate may be changing in response to human activities, but it seems the sceptics never will.