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  • Lazy journalism, global warming and the Olympics

       February 12, 2010

    So some moron at Discovery News is trying to blame Vancouver's lack of snow on global warming:

    The future of the Winter Olympics is uncertain and I fear that no amount of green tech will be able to save the snow. Vancouver's efforts to make the current games sustainable have been laudable, but global warming is turning out to be a formidable competitor.

    While I'm sure there are some people in Washington, DC, who wish that Olympics organizers would airlift their snow away, this isn't a sustainable solution. Don't get me wrong--I love the Winter Olympics and even built a "luge" track in the backyard as a kid one winter. In the near future the international community will just have to rethink the way it holds these games. Indoor Winter Olympics anyone?

    It's "reporting" like this that's killing journalism. It takes about one minute to go to Wikipedia where you'll discover that Vancouver's average low temperature in February is a balmy 35 degrees. It doesn't take a respected East Anglian climatologist to tell you that there's not going to be snow if it doesn't get below freezing. Another quick search on the Vancouver Olympic website would show you that Olympic officials obviously realized this because all but two of the outdoor events are actually being held up in the mountains in Whistler. In any case, this isn't the first time the Winter Olympics have been threatened by lack of snow. And, global warming climate change or not, it won't be the last. It's the weather. It happens.

    What shouldn't happen is such lazy, opportunistic "journalism". It's garbage. You don't read garbage, you put it in the trash where it belongs.


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