News that Vancouver didn’t have enough snow for the Winter Olympics led millions of global warming sceptics to change their mind. OK, it didn’t. Yet anecdotes dominate the debate on both sides and carry more weight in shaping public opinion than the scientific process.
This is in line with media coverage of science in general, which often tends to highlight the silly and the sensational. The latest sensations concern stolen e-mails that are supposed to prove that scientists tried to cover up evidence against global warming, and false predictions that the Himalaya’s glaciers would disappear by 2035. (more…)