Misinformation in the media is helping to take us away from the climate cliff

As countless, detailed studies have shown, and leading scientists working in many disciplines agree that agriculture is one of the most risky measures we have to take in the climate emergency we are living in now, and that it will get worse in the coming decades.

How bad it is, and whether fruit production and other agriculture in the U.S. Southwest can survive is now largely up to us. We need to act now to avoid a cascade of worse catastrophes.

That sum is not just coming from me. Thousands of pages have come to this conclusion, covering a series of recent international reports, more than ten thousand peer-review studies and other data.

Which makes it unfortunate to read a first page article Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Extreme weather damage in the fall of 2020 for fruit growers on the western slopes without any mention of climate change.

Fruit growers are still grappling with the frozen effects of the ’20s fall

Overnight temperatures this week appear to have had a minimal effect on the flowering of fruit trees in the Grand Valley, but growers continue to face the long-term and significant effects of damage to trees and vines since the frost in October 2020.

গভীর The damage was caused by a sudden deep ice cap in late October of that year, locally the temperature dropped to a single digit, which occurred after a mild fall. Many trees and vines have not yet hardened for the winter, putting them at risk of frozen damage.

The Of the third working group Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report Is The 6th installment of this detailed, thorough assessment of global climate science is now final. And this is a “mitigation of climate change.” It’s all about what we can do to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. These include major disruptions to the food system and agriculture.

And the main take-away is that there is still time to act, but only recently.

The good news is that we have better practices and technologies that enable us to make these changes right now. The bad news is that powerful and vested interests do not want to make the changes that the overwhelming weight of climate science says we must.

For the first time, this international body of scientists from about 200 countries points squarely at a finger This interest is deliberately misleading The earth has deliberately spread as it heats up towards disaster.

And the IPCC report highlights the role that the media has played in promoting this deadly climate-related confusion.

Politicians, pundits and propagandists in the fossil fuel industry are now barred.

The technical summary of the report contains some key references that explain why the world community is failing to act in its own clear best interests. Or, more precisely, who is hindering the global consensus that we need to reduce our warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to the IPCC report, issues such as “opposition to the interests of the status quo” and funding for climate programs “cover all sectors and act as barriers to the establishment and implementation of strict climate policy”.

Some people will never “believe” science. Others will always lie about it if it suits their own interests, despite knowing better. The role of journalism is to get information, to connect and unravel the causes and to explain what is the best and most reliable information about a subject.

The role of the media in a republic is also to inform the citizens. It allows us, the people, to monitor public policy and engage in the practice of self-governance. Good and thorough information allows rulers to hold policy-makers and public influencers, while their activities are minimal.

The role of media in a crisis is to provide information that can help us avoid it. The media, due to their failure to accurately report on the climate crisis, the action that has brought us to this critical and critical moment is not a significant factor in delay. Most of them look like a feature, not a bug

Of course journalism can also publish the best available information, linking it to the actual story – such as the loss of the main fruit crop on the western slope, the article describes as “surprising” frozen – at the moment and what science says.

Extreme weather events and the catastrophes they inflict on infrastructure, public safety and health and food supplies will only get worse and more expensive every moment if we fail to act.

The media can provide relevant and adequate information so that we can respond accordingly and act in a timely manner. Or it may further misinterpret information. This time the consequences of that election are terrible.

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