Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007
From: Maurizio Morabito
Subject: Climate news bias (China vs Argentina)
To: Jonathan Amos, Richard Black
Dear Jonathan, dear Richard
Are some weathers more equal than others?
Why is it that if (A) it’s exceptionally warm in China, the news page on the BBC web site is graced by links to (anthropogenic) “Climate Change” and “Global Warming” but if (B) it’s exceptionally cold in Argentina, there is no recommendation at all to read further about climate change?
If you/the BBC believe that extreme weather events can be traced back to anthropogenic climate change (check the articles about the UK’s heat wave last April), then the same links should appear next to B just as next to A.
Otherwise, it will look like you’re suggesting that weather news are globally relevant only when they are about increased warmth.
That would be an unwelcome, blatant reporting bias.
In the meanwhile, pity those Southern Americans surely undergoing a bad case of “warming envy” at the moment.