Emails Reveal Squabble Among Scientists Over How To Talk To Media About Climate Change
from Columbia Journalism Review
Hurricane Alex arrived early. Just a category-one storm, it wasn’t very powerful as hurricanes go. When it made landfall in the Azores, its winds had already dwindled to 63 mph, which meant that technically, it was no longer even a hurricane. What made Alex unusual was not its speed, but its timing: The storm formed in January of last year, long before the official start of hurricane season, which is June 1. Rare events like Alex pose a challenge for the media and for scientists: When can climate change be mentioned as a contributing factor to an event?
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