(Please also watch video at end.)
And this is the response I got from Ian Hanington, Communications Specialist with the Suzuki Foundation when I invited that group to comment on my story.
While some may be shocked at such a suggestion, let's look at recent history.
Please also read: "Stephen Harper's War on Climate Science," here.
Another weather expert I contacted for this story, falls into the category Trenberth talks about.
- A vicious Atlantic hurricane dubbed "Igor" became Newfoundland's most destructive, ever.
- Prairie farmers experienced their wettest growing season, ever.
- British Columbia lost huge tracts of valuable timber to wild fires in one of the most expensive years ever for fire fighters.
Later, also on The National, Bob MacDonald of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, gave a similar interpretation. No mention of the dreaded "c" "c" words!
Surely the accuracy, integrity and completeness of media coverage of the climate change phenomenon are key to public understanding of this global crisis. Without enlightened and well-informed citizens, chances of averting or even lessening this scourge (which some of our best brains warn could actually lead to an unihabitable planet) become slim, indeed. Surely incorrect, incomplete or sloppy media messages can only provide comfort to the climate deniers of this world who will then press on with their dishonourable, dangerous and self-serving crusade for "business as usual."
And our leaders of government, industry and way too many individuals who've already shown zero backbone to do anything about this, will have even less reason to do what must be done to save our common home from a grave and uncertain future - reduce greenhouse gases!