Newspapers, for whom marking round numbers is the easiest excuse to report an issue, were mostly disinterested
It’s funny the author discusses the irrational fixation on nice even round numbers, but laments that the fact that no one cared about the magical number 400.
What priority did Britain’s national newspapers give this the following day, how did they rank it alongside other important events? The front pages, an obvious test, made interesting reading.
The Mirror, with glorious abandon, ran with an offer for a free trip into space, and something about the long-running Savile scandal. The Sun, more earthbound, led with a free trip to Legoland and something about retiring football manager Alex Ferguson. The Express had something about pensions and the Daily Mail warned about “deadly drugs for sale on Amazon”. The Times ran with something about the Metropolitan police, and the Telegraph with a story about a No 10 adviser. The Financial Times stayed in its comfort zone with another tale of corrupt banking. Even the Guardian, which did cover the story inside its paper and online, gave front page priority to a report on how horsemeat was still galloping out of control through our food chain. Only the humble Independent splashed the story on its front page.
On a side note, the author seems confused about the imaginary “consensus” and then let’s their advocacy out of the bag.
This lack of consensus on media and political priorities contrasts with the scientific consensus, with various studies of peer-reviewed literature demonstrating vanishingly little disagreement over the reality and critical importance of addressing human-driven global warming.
Uhmm, …… the imaginary consensus has always been put at around 97%. There’s nothing vanishing about that. Odd that the authors don’t recognize the fact that a few scientists have came forward to state that the paper mischaracterized their views.
But, here’s the tell…….
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley recently co-ordinated a “consensus statement”, signed by over 500 scientists from around the world, that concluded our current economic path is rapidly taking us to a tipping point, and that the result will be substantial degradation of human quality of life.
It was never about the environment for these nutters. It was, and has always been about economic ideology.
But, more to the point, the newspapers didn’t make much of a fuss about the 400 ppm because people are tired of the constant pronouncements of doom which never materialize. Attention whores only get attention for so long and then people ignore them.