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Video: Fighting Misinformation About Climate Science


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JL
- 701 days ago - ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists calls out News Corporation for overwhelmingly misleading coverage of climate science



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JL A. (275)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 12:15 pm

Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages are overwhelmingly misleading when it comes to climate science. Not surprised? When UCS reviewed references to climate science in those two news outlets, we found it was even worse than we thought.

Our snapshot analysis shows that over a six-month period at Fox News Channel, 93 percent of the references to climate science were misleading. In one year on the Wall Street Journal Opinion pages, 81 percent of the references were misleading.

Last month, we released the findings of this snapshot analysis at a series of events in New York City, finishing the day by delivering nearly 20,000 comments from UCS supporters to the headquarters of News Corporation, which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, asking them to stop failing science and improve how they represent climate science.

Watch the video of UCS climate scientist Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel correcting the climate science inaccuracies on a six-foot tall Wall Street Journal op-ed in Bryant Park. She and other UCS staff were joined by dozens of UCS supporters who stamped the op-ed "Not Science" and filled out postcards to News Corp.

Fighting Misinformation about Climate Science

Union of Concerned Scientists calls out News Corporation for overwhelmingly misleading coverage of climate science

On September 21, 2012, the Union of Concerned Scientists hand-delivered nearly 20,000 postcards to News Corporation's New York headquarters calling on News Corp. to stop misleading its audience about climate science.

The delivery culminated a UCS-sponsored event that highlighted the current state of climate science and its coverage in the media. The video above captures the highlights from the day's activities in Bryant Park and outside News Corp. headquarters.
News Corporation misleads nearly 4 million viewers and readers on climate science

Our recent snapshot analysis, Is News Corp. Failing Science?, found that recent coverage of climate science in two of News Corp.'s flagship properties — Fox News Channel and the Wall Street Journal opinion pages — has been overwhelmingly misleading.

Don't stand for it! Help fight misinformation about climate science

Misinformation like this confuses the public about the facts of global warming and delays essential action to reduce the man-made emissions that cause global warming.

Here's how you can help set the record straight:

Tell Rupert Murdoch to get the facts straight! Take action now.
Support the Union of Concerned Scientists and join our efforts to combat misinformation about climate science. Become a member or renew your membership today!

More on the New York City event: A run-down of the day's activities

The event began with a noontime panel featuring TIME magazine senior writer Bryan Walsh and Harvard University professor and Union of Concerned Scientists Board Chair Dr. James McCarthy, who discussed the state of climate science and its coverage in the media.

Listen to the panel discussion highlights (Scientific American, Science Talk podcast)

The panel discussion was followed by a presentation in Bryant Park by UCS climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel, who identified specific instances of misleading information in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

Ekwurzel marked up a six-foot-tall version of the January 27, 2012, article — “No Need to Panic About Global Warming – There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy." — and itemized numerous examples of misleading information about climate science.

Read Brenda's blog post about the event

After the presentation, Ekwurzel joined Dena Adler, co-author of the report; Jean Sideris, UCS climate outreach coordinator; and Angela Anderson, director of the UCS climate and energy program, on a walk to News Corporation headquarters, where they delivered nearly 20,000 postcards submitted by members and other concerned citizens.

Photos: Desdemona Burgin
{photos of infographics are worth a visit to the site in addition to the video)
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 12:24 pm

When people find themselves or their family ill, they sure want the cutting edge of science. It doesn't matter what science is examining, science has no political affiliations, no preconceived ideas, science has but one function to search for and discover the facts.

What is the worst possible result of accepting the science? We clean up our planet, begin to respect our environment, how bad can that be?
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 12:45 pm
Great questions Kit! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 12:47 pm
noted, thanks !
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 12:50 pm
You are welcome Roger!
 

John B. (215)
Tuesday October 16, 2012, 7:55 pm
Thanks J.L. for the info and I'm glad some one is letting the World News Organization that people know when they misrepresent the facts. read, viewed and noted.
 

natalie n. (164)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 2:48 am
at least there are those seeking to inform themselves accordingly.
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 10:04 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
You cannot currently send a star to natalie because you have done so within the last week.
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 8:02 pm
Took action suggested agains Rupert Murdoch's misleading "science".
 

JL A. (275)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 9:38 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Heidi because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 4:02 pm
Noted & thanks, J.L. I signed the petition from the UCS awhile back. But, I did go ahead and send the letter to Murdoch from the link in the article. I think one of the most important things that needs to be done, is get a Dem. majority back in the House. That Akin fellow who is a misogynist is a member of the House Science Committee, along with many other TeaParty members who don't believe in science. Just crazy!
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday October 18, 2012, 8:34 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lois because you have done so within the last week.
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday October 19, 2012, 6:26 am
proud UCS member....
 

JL A. (275)
Friday October 19, 2012, 7:44 am
You cannot currently send a star to Dave because you have done so within the last week.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Friday October 19, 2012, 3:58 pm
So very sad that we have to ask to give Science what it is due ...
 

g d c. (0)
Sunday October 21, 2012, 11:15 am
ty
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday October 21, 2012, 11:21 am
You're welcome ay.
 
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