Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Climate Change

Surely, we have noticed that the climate issue dosn’t get the same space in Swedish media as earlier. I read an article in a Swedish newspaper by Anna Wahlgren, about this in which is claimed to depend on the so called “climategate”, cold winters this and last year and finally the backlash in Copenhagen. It is also so that most Swedish politicians argue for action against climate change – very few are against this. It is also so the climate issue is complex and complicated, demands deeper knowledge to write about. There is according to the article a decrease by 70 – 90 % of the reporting in global media after Copenhagen! The reporting in Swedish media from Cancun was really poor, compared with the reporting from Copenhagen. We seem not to be able to separate weather from climate in the short run. When it is cold we can’t see the climate change towards a warmer climate. This morning we had minus 20 degrees below zero and lots of snow. We have had cold weather and snow since the middle of November. There are fewer articles about climate change and warmer climate of course. As the media perhaps overestimated the interest in articles about climate change in 2006-2009 they underestimate the same interest in 2010.

However, this year we have an excellent Christmas weather here in Karlstad. I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and I wish that media will try to describe the complex Climate situation in a proper way the upcoming year.