February 18, 2006

CBS News Discovers Global Warming

A friend of mine who has worked as an editor and writer and activist and naturalist in the world of ornithology and the environment sent me this. He is on the list this was originally sent to. I think it's great that CBS 60 Minutes is taking the time to do a story about global warming. I find it interesting how the "background" to the 60 minutes piece begins with "There's been a debate burning for years on the causes of global warming." While it's true that scientists have been debating the causes, what's been more disturbing about this story is the number of political leaders who deny its very existence. Here's the email from CBS News.

From: Sanders, Robin [mailto:SandersR@cbsnews.com]

Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 4:13 PM

To: webmaster@greenhousenet.org; help@greenhousenet.org

Subject: 60 MINUTES' "Global Warning"

Good afternoon. My name is Robin Sanders, and I work at CBS News. I wanted to let you know about a story that "60 Minutes" will be airing this Sunday on climate change and global warming. It's an incredibly interesting piece, and we're trying to get the word out beforehand to as many people aspossible who might have a particular interest in this subject. To that end,we were wondering if you might consider sending out an email to yourlistserve and/or posting something on your website. The story will bebroadcast on CBS stations on at 7:00 ET/PT on Sunday, February 19. Further details will be posted on our website, <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1998/07/08/60minutes/main13502.shtml>which you're welcome to link to from your own site. Below, you'll find a short write-up about the piece. Please don't hesitateto call me if you have any questions. My phone number is 212-975-7598;email is sandersr@cbsnews.com. Best,Robin SandersCBS News 60 Minutesphone: 212-975-7598email: sandersr@cbsnews.com


There's been a debate burning for years on the causes of global warming. But according to scientists, the debate is over. New evidence shows man is contributing to the warming of the planet, pumping out greenhouse gases that trap solar heat. And, they say, the North Pole, which has been frozen for 100,000 years, is in the process of melting. Much of this new data was compiled by American scientist Bob Correll, who led a study called the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. According to the study, the seas are rising, hurricanes will be more powerful (like Katrina) and polar bears may be headed toward extinction. So what does the melting Arctic look like? Scott Pelley recently traveled North with Correll to see first hand. His report will air on 60 Minutes, Sunday, Feb. 19, 7PM ET/PT on CBS.


Table Mountains said...

were starting to see the effects of global warming here in newfoundland.warmer temperatures,less sea ice and bird species we never imagined to see here.

Porkopolis said...

60 Minutes was very selective with their reporting on Paul Mayewski's (the very scientist they interview in the report) research into global warming.

They left out this (http://www.globalwarming.org/article.php?uid=868):

"A team led by University of Maine scientists has reported finding a potential link between changes in solar activity and the Earth's climate. In a paper due to be published in an upcoming volume of the Annals of Glaciology, Paul Mayewski, director of UMaine's Climate Change Institute, and 11 colleagues from China, Australia and UMaine describe evidence from ice cores pointing to an association between the waxing and waning of zonal wind strength around Antarctica and a chemical signal of changes in the sun's output...

...Researchers in the UMaine Climate Change Institute (http://www.climatechange.umaine.edu/) have focused on the relationship between solar variability and climate, particularly the use of isotopes in tree rings and ice cores to provide an indication of the sun's strength. The ice core data reported in the paper demonstrates a direct atmospheric consequence associated with changing solar radiation."

For more see: http://porkopolis.blogspot.com/2006/02/60-minutes-on-melting-ice-caps-on.html