February 7, 2012

Wall Street Journal accused of climate change bias

Global Warming Wall Street Journal accused of climate change bias after publishing article attacking climate change science.

Controversy in America as the Wall Street Journal is accused of climate change bias after publishing an opinion piece attacking climate change.

The offending article was purported by the Wall Street Journal to be of special significance in its refutation of climate change as sixteen ‘scientists’ wrote it. However it has been claimed that half of the writers were not climatologists, six were tied to the fossil fuels industry and only two of the ‘scientists’ had any peer reviewed climate research publications in the past three decades.

The article in the Wall Street Journal claimed that there has been a “lack of warming for more than a decade.” This statement goes against the temperature recordings released by NASA in the same week which shows that the last decade (2000-2009) has been the warmest on record with the past 35 years being above average temperatures.

NASA’s Video Illustrating Observed Global Warming From 1880-2011


The blue shows temperatures that are lower than the baseline average whereas red indicates higher than average temperatures. In the 131 year span the map turns from white and blue to increasingly yellow and red as the world’s temperature is raised by 0.8 degrees Celsius since the Industrial Revolution.

What has caused even more a stir is that at the same time the Wall Street Journal rejected publishing a comparable essay on the realities of climate change that outlines the basic science behind it, including that the Earth is warming due to human activities which have “overwhelmed” natural climate impacts. This article was written by 255 members of the United States National Academy of Sciences, which is the US’ pre-eminent independent scientific organisation and whose members are among the most respected in the world in their fields.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Mongabay, New York Times, NASA


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