Climate Change has been a largely debated topic for quite a while, and it’s always seen in the media. It’s usually one scientist offering statistics and evidence, against a sceptic basing his views on false information and general ignorance. Climate change is a tricky topic to cover in the media, because to be ‘fair’, they need to show both sides of the argument.
This is called ‘superficial balance’, telling ‘both’ sides of the story can actually be a form of informational bias. It allows a small group of global warming sceptics to have their views greatly amplified. It’s because of these sceptics, that there is so much misinformation in the public sphere about what it is, where it’s going, and what we can do about it.
Here’s a short video explaining all the misconceptions about global warming and climate change. It also explains what it is, and rebuts arguments that sceptics usually bring up.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains that there “is historically a saying in the scientific community that every scientific truth goes through three phases, first people deny it, then it conflicts with the bible, and then they say they knew it all along.” So I don’t think we will come to a general consensus about global warming until the media finds a way to fairly tell the truth about the issue, without planting misconceptions along the way.