An open letter to a Stuff News “journalist”.
Your article associating the Canterbury flooding with climate change is a complete reversal of one of the core principles of journalism. The people expect you to hold the powerful to account, not to do propaganda for them. Comments on just some of the misleading items in your lazy inaccurate fact free article. Your “reporting” in red italics.
“Many Cantabrians forced to flee their homes amid a deluge of rain all said the same thing: they had never seen rivers rise this high, or this fast before.”
An absurd claim. Check your history of floods in NZ, it is easily proven as false.
“With the world facing inevitable climate change, scientists say heat waves, droughts, storms, wildfires, and warming oceans will get progressively worse.”
More misleading garbage. Many scientists dispute this claim. Read Michael Shellenberger or Bjorn Lomborg.
If you were doing your job properly you’d be telling us about all the false predictions govt grant funded “scientists” like Mr Renshaw have made in the past.
“We are already witnessing localised impacts, including widespread coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.”
Not true many scientists dispute this claim and the university associated with this alarmist nonsense is presently being investigated for scientific fraud on this very issue.
“one thing is for certain: as it gets warmer the air will hold more moisture and the more wet weather there will be.”
This is a theory based on computer modelling and yet to be proven empirically.
“The good news is that if we cut emissions now, the predicted increase in severe weather events will not happen.”
Vile scaremongering nonsense. NZ could revert to the stone age tomorrow and there would not be the slightest change in global temperatures or weather events ever.
“Glaciers and ice caps will continue to melt even if we drastically reduce emissions now, because they take many years to respond to climate change.”
“Climate change will result in between 20 and 60 per cent more frequent and stronger atmospheric rivers.”
Another flawed prediction in line with so many others.
Such lazy inaccurate journalism. If ever reality returned to the craft of journalism you’d be sacked for this article. As it is, it is a craft (like science and academia) so corrupted by political activism today, you’ll probably get an award.