THE New York Times, like most of the mainstream media, is not known for its balanced reporting on climate change. I tend to associate the newspaper with sensational headlines suggesting a full blown climate crisis.
But then just yesterday the influential broadsheet published a surprisingly informative article that went as far as to suggest we could be in for an extended chilly period here on planet earth because of a surprisingly weak solar cycle. Author Kenneth Chang also made mention of research at the Danish National Space Centre in Copenhagen and the possible influence of cosmic rays on climate. Mr Change explained that when the sunspot and solar winds die down, more cosmic rays reach the earth, more clouds form , less sunlight reaches the ground, and so temperatures cool.
This article does not fit the established storyline on global warming.
Could the mainstream media slowly change its reporting overtime on this issue to narrow what has been an increasing gap between perception and reality when it comes to climate change?
We know that the mainstream news is expected to fit together like a picture, some have suggested a tapestry, and that what is reported tomorrow is expected to accord with what was reported yesterday. But how long before the tapestry could take on a less dramatic and more complex hue when it comes to this issue?
Notes and Links
July 21, 2009. Is the Sun Missing Its Spots? By KENNETH CHANG
Extract: “Among some global warming skeptics, there is speculation that the Sun may be on the verge of falling into an extended slumber similar to the so-called Maunder Minimum, several sunspot-scarce decades during the 17th and 18th centuries that coincided with an extended chilly period. Most solar physicists do not think anything that odd is going on with the Sun. With the recent burst of sunspots, “I don’t see we’re going into that,” Dr. Hathaway said last week. Still, something like the Dalton Minimum — two solar cycles in the early 1800s that peaked at about an average of 50 sunspots — lies in the realm of the possible, Dr. Hathaway said. (The minimums are named after scientists who helped identify them: Edward W. Maunder and John Dalton.)”
On the media and tapestries: http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/2008/11/why-you-should-support-independent-media-part-1-for-koalas/