With the recent images of parts of Queensland, Australia underwater (like the one above), the news today that 2010 was the wettest year globally on record, and by NOAA’s accounting tied for the warmest year on record, it was perhaps inevitable that Bob Dylan’s lyrics would start rattling around in my head:And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son ?
And what did you hear, my darling young one ?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin’
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
Is anyone listening today? To this?:
Perhaps the reason is that discussion of climate change in the media ‘fell off the cliff.‘
Total climate-related stories fell off 30%. Total network coverage of the climate meetings in Cancun – one 10 second clip! Total network coverage of the climate meetings in Copenhagen the year earlier – 32 stories lasting 98 minutes!
Coverage in 2010 dropped to levels not seen in 5 years. Instead of climate change becoming an increasing topic of discussion, it has fallen, even while denialists continue to make in roads.
I wonder why the media decided to simply drop the subject?