[Coral-List] reporting [CO2] to the public

Dennis Hubbard dennis.hubbard at oberlin.edu
Thu Sep 13 17:10:58 EDT 2012


But you leave out the obvious one - The Daily Show. John Stewart was
recently voted the most trusted newsman in the US. Yeah, I know.... but
actually true investigative reporting has all but disappeared in this
country - and most of the fact checking and similar activities that have
been picked up by the more mainstream media had their origins on the Daily

And, I can hardly see the other news anchors already with all the trailers,
ticker tapes and so forth. I'll bet that if you compared the actual screen
space occupied by the talking head today to the screen size when I Love
Lucy was not in reruns, there's not a lot of difference. I'm afraid that,
with the scant amount of screen space left, if we put up the CO2 graph,
we'd be watching........ "radio".

SO, despite the fact that his globe rotates the wrong way at the beginning
of the show, that would still be my vote, given the alternatives. Sorry,
the devil made me do it!


On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM, BRUCE CARLSON <exallias2 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just a thought to toss out to everyone:  If a goal is to reduce
> atmospheric CO2, and if this ultimately requires participation of
> absolutely everyone, shouldn't everyone know what the concentration of CO2
> is on a regular basis so we can all see how it is changing?
> We in the science community all know how [CO2] is tracking over time, but
> how about the general public? If they can't see it or smell it, and if they
> don't read science reports, they can easily dismiss it as a non-existent
> problem.  Why shouldn't we, i.e., the science community, push to get TV
> weather reporters to routinely include a mention of global atmospheric CO2
> concentration?  To go a step further, since NBC in the U.S. seems to be a
> leader in reporting changing weather trends in the daily news, why not get
> them to include CO2 tracking, perhaps on the Weather Channel, if not on the
> Nightly News? Maybe if the public starts to see how CO2 is changing over
> the long-run it will begin to sink in, especially as they/we all start
> correlating rising CO2 with the extreme changes in weather patterns.
> Stock market data and trends are presented everyday to everyone
> everywhere.  Why not do the same with CO2 and let people see the data for
> themselves?
> Bruce Carlson
> Honolulu
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Dennis Hubbard
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