Spencer Weart

Tue, 2010-02-16 09:59Richard Littlemore
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A Look Back on Climate Disinformation

Writing on his Dot.Earth blog, the New York Times’ Andy Revkin passes on a long and insightful quote from the historian Dr. Spencer Weart, to looks back from a dark future to analyse what happened in the early part of the 20th century to bring the world to ruin.

It’s well worth the read and is something of a credit to Revkin, who quoted the passage regardless of references like: “… the media coverage represented a new low” and “even in leading newspapers like The New York Times, critics with a long public record for animosity and exaggeration were quoted as experts.”

But then for most of his career, Revkin has been a little like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, fallible, but still the a leading voice for reason - at his paper and among most North American newspapers.

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