Cli­mate change de­niers de­nied a plat­form

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - THE BRIT SCENE BY TOM DRAPER -

On Mon­day a land­mark re­port by the UN In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) was re­leased say­ing we have 12 years to limit cli­mate change catas­tro­phe. I watched, lis­tened to and read some of the BBC's out­put on the is­sue and was very happy to see how its new in­ter­nal guid­ance on re­port­ing cli­mate change has kicked in.

A four-page crib sheet was sent to staff in Septem­ber and leaked to the press. Its chief rec­om­men­da­tion was that as cli­mate change is ac­cepted as hap­pen­ing, there is no need to have de­niers to bal­ance any de­bate. There­fore, Mon­day’s cov­er­age or at least ev­ery­thing that I came across was bless­edly free of those flat-earthers. We don’t need to hear the ridicu­lous views and opin­ions of cli­mate naysay­ers. They are an ir­rel­e­vance and have noth­ing worth lis­ten­ing to.

The BBC’s ed­i­to­rial guid­ance was is­sued fol­low­ing a rul­ing ear­lier this year by the broad­cast­ing reg­u­la­tor Of­com that found that Ra­dio 4's flag­ship news and cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme To­day had not suf­fi­ciently chal­lenged Lord Law­son dur­ing an in­ter­view. The former chan­cel­lor of the ex­che­quer who chairs a cli­mate scep­tic think­tank made a raft of false claims about cli­mate change. Among them was his con­tention that there hasn’t been an in­crease in ex­treme weather events in re­cent years. This would be true if it wasn’t for the fact that it isn’t. Many types have in­creased since 1950, ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists.

So, this week the BBC was free to ig­nore the lu­natic fringe, the con­fused and mud­dled few and their silly ar­gu­ments. They were able to con­cen­trate on the re­port’s find­ings, ex­am­ine the sci­ence, ask what should be done and press those in power about their plans.

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