The Vancouver Sun's Op-ed Denying a Climate Crisis a Symbol of Wider Journalistic Malpractice - 2019-07-29
Right now, Europeans are likely suffering because of the climate crisis. Sweltering heat waves have broken records across the continent, pushing temperatures into the 40s. Those temperatures have caused deaths, much disruption and misery.
So I was disappointed when that misery coincided with the Vancouver Sun's publication of an op-ed column by University of Guelph economics professor Ross McKitrick claiming we only have a "vague inkling" that we "might" be in a climate emergency a "decade from now."
That comment may surprise some readers of the Sun, which has a storied past and was the most-read newspaper in Western Canada according to the most recent report from News Media Canada. After all, many of them have already experienced that emergency as a result of the climate change-fuelled wildfires which devastated British Columbia in 2017 and 2018, cloaking the Lower Mainland in smoke. It may also surprise readers who have seen this summer's satellite images of the Arctic on fire.