An increasing fear looms over the earth that our globe is catching a permanent fever that will result in environmental doom and human extinction. Man-made CO2 emissions and other human-induced, heat-trapping pollutants expelled into our global atmosphere are primarily believed to be to blame. However, while it is true that the globe is indeed warming, and has been for over half a century, it is fortunate for the citizens of this planet that this global warming issue is actually due to natural occurrences such as climate cycles and deforestation. The fact is that although global warming is a crisis, the low amounts of warming that have occurred up to this point are primarily the result of the previously mentioned natural occurrences.
Did you know that the consensus has not always supported the belief that the planet is warming due to humankind’s environmental negligence? It was only a few decades ago that major news media was using scare tactics to argue that the globe was experiencing a drastic decrease in temperature due to the carelessness of humankind.
Joseph Paul Watson, an renowned researcher whose particular interest is examining the media, mentions the fact that between the 1940’s and 1980’s, there was a good deal of buildup in the media concerning global cooling, despite great amounts of CO2 emitted into the air as a result of the industrial revolution, and people were being unnecessarily terrified with the thought of a “meteorological apocalypse” and a new ice age. He made this interesting point by saying, “From the 1940's until the 1980's, the Earth experienced a significant cooling period, despite the fact that industrial production and release of CO2 vastly accelerated during this time. This led to political and media scaremongering about global cooling, the threat that the earth was in the midst of a new ice age” (Watson, 2007).
A recent example of the media attempting to divert the audience’s attention away from the hard facts is illustrated...