Ahh, perception is everything. So, here goes something about that.
A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. How true.
The headline of the BBC story immediately caught my attention: "Global warming underestimated", it proclaimed and warned that "the severity of global warming over the next century will be much worse than previously believed."
The story continued:
"Speaking at the American Science conference in Chicago, Prof. Field said fresh data showed greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2007 increased far more rapidly than expected.
"We are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that we've considered seriously in climate policy," he said.
Prof Field said the 2007 report, which predicted temperature rises between 1.1C and 6.4C over the next century, seriously underestimated the scale of the problem. He said the increases in carbon dioxide have been caused, principally, by the burning of coal for electric power in India and China."
But my point is about the picture that accompanied it..
A polar bear... for heavens' sake, a cuddly polar bear - and in a pristine frozen landscape, at that. The less than subtle message: this whole global warming schtick is all about a couple of bears in some godforsaken frozen place a million miles away. "Move on, this is none of our concern", screams the photo, despite the dire warnings of the text.
How about this photo, instead?