I was listening to Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday and was quite surprised that they spent nearly 5 minutes reporting from the Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC). This conference is different to almost all other climate conferences as it is dominated by climate change “sceptics”.
The Today programme is one of the UK’s most influencial news programmes and I’ve never heard a report on this show from any other climate science conference despite there being many, many others every year. (I’m not including Copenhagen here as that was a climate policy conference, not a science conference.)
So why report from the ICCC? Well, their angle in the report was that its not just right-wingers that are climate change “sceptics”. This strikes me a bit lame and not really news.
I’m beginning to think that the Today programme has an anti-Climate Science agenda.
My main other concern with the Today programme and its climate coverage is Justin Webb. A relatively new host, he seems to think that his views should shape the programme’s stance on climate science. His most notorious moment was an awful interview with Prof. Ian Plimer (geologist turned climate “sceptic”) where Webb failed to question Plimer on any of the controversial things he was saying.
Reporting the consensus view on climate science is probably getting a bit dull and maybe that is why the media like the contrary view. I just thought that the Today programme was better than that.
[The relevant piece starts at 2:49:49 of the Today programme from 18th May 2010, which is available here for a limited period on the BBC iPlayer.]