‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’

Way out of my normal range of coverage on here, but I did need to flag this up. Given just how scathing I am on the Musings about scientific reporting in the media, if noting else this is well worth praising. This is a massive editorial as published in a staggering 56 newspapers in over 20 languages in 20 countries on the Copenhagen conference on climate change.

Aside from the general importance of the topic, two major things are clear here and should be noted:

1. The writing is phenomenally simple, accurate and eloquent.

2. There is massive and unrestricted support for the scientific evidence and the scientists that produced it.

This of course leads me to make two obvious points here, that while I can only praise this piece of work does make me wonder.

1. Why can’t you get things right the rest of the time and make complex things easy to understand and communicate them well?

2. Why don’t you accept our work over celebrity opinions, non-science, pseudo-science and more the rest of the time?

This is brilliant writing on science, now go and do it again. And again. And again….

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2 Responses to “‘Fourteen days to seal history’s judgment on this generation’”


  1. 1 David 08/12/2009 at 4:33 pm

    There are not that many important newspapers on the list. For example, the only US one is the Miami Herald, and in many countries it is an English language paper that is carrying the editorial not a native language one. I first noticed this on the website of the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv, which impressed me as usually the Israeli press has very little/poor coverage of “foreign news”.

    • 2 David Hone 08/12/2009 at 6:31 pm

      Well that is true, but given the typical rivalry between newspapers at the best of times, to get something like this done is still a remarkable achievement. Looking through the list there are at least some good European titles in there like the Guardian itself the Irish Times, Le Monde and the Suddeutsches Zeitung.


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