Today, December 30th 2011, we read this propaganda piece in "The Gazette" and distributed, without analysis by Radio-Canada on twitter.
ABOVE-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WERE RECORDED DURING EVERY SEASON OF 2011. And while winter-weary Quebecers might welcome the warmer weather, it sends a more sinister message to scientists who see it as evidence that, by 2020, temperatures in Quebec will exceed the 2-degree tipping point they say will lead to catastrophic climate change. William Marsden reports, Page A3. WHAT KIND OF ENERGY IS QUEBEC USING - and what does it need? Our appetite will fuel debate in 2012, Lynn Moore writes. Page B1Couple of points to note when you read this:
- Above average temperatures..
- Which data set did they take? There are so many out there, without this vital information, it's hard to know what they are talking about.
- Here's a graph of all data set for the last 10 years...
- "evidence that, by 2020, temperatures in Quebec will exceed the 2-degree tipping point"
- Evidence? By 2020?, what data set extrapolation did they used? What models? Why 2 degrees? All those are assumptions, extrapolations, based on mathematical models often unproven and unable to track real life data set.
- lead to catastrophic climate change
- Catastrophic climate change!!! Wow, 2 degrees more would be a catastrophe, if this ever happen, what are the proof that this will be a catastrophe, continue reading... we have seen worst in the past.
- The rest of the small article, last 2 lines, does not make sense at all... No references provided on the web page of the Gazette.
Here's some real information that can help you to judge by yourself, if you are not the type that does believe everything that the mass media throws at you!
In all the data set, I think in my humble opinion that the more precises/accurate is the UAH dataset that started in 1978 and is based on microwave sounding units on polar orbiting satellites. Here's all the data since it started. I plotted a green line for a running average of 13 months. I also plotted two regression lines before and after the mount Pinatubo event. Do you see in there a maximum average temperature higher than other years? You also need to note the range of change since 1978, that is for that last 33 years...
But today's temperature data need to be put in perceptive on a longer time scale... Here's a study of the last 2485 years in the China region, it clearly shows that the temperature in the past was higher then today, if the tipping point theory was right, we should have seen a couple of time a run-away temperature on the planet where the planet would have burn to a crisp! But if you read on this term "tipping point" it's not even clear what it means!.
Here's another study for that last 4000 years in Greenland... As you see, many time, again, the climate was warmer.
The elements of journalismAccording to The Elements of Journalism, a book by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel, there are nine elements of journalism. In order for a journalist to fulfill their duty of providing the people with the information, they need to be free and self-governing. They must follow these guidelines:
In the April 2007 edition of the book, they added the last element, the rights and responsibilities of citizens to make it a total of ten elements of journalism.
- Journalism's first obligation is to the truth.
- Its first loyalty is to the citizens.
- Its essence is discipline of verification.
- Its practitioners must maintain an independence from those they cover.
- It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
- It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
- It must strive to make the news significant, interesting, and relevant.
- It must keep the news comprehensive and proportional.
- Its practitioners must be allowed to exercise their personal conscience.
So when you read stuff in the mass media, ask yourself a couple of question and always be skeptical! Your way of live and of future generations may depend on it.