Journalism 614: Content Analysis. Content Analysis. Study of a recorded human communication The coding of communication for the presence of certain traits, categories, or meanings
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Who says what, to whom, and with what effect?
“Some of the world's most distinctive and biologically diverse climate regions – from South America's Andes Mountains to southern and eastern Africa and the US Southwest – may be drastically altered by century's end, endangering plant and animal life there, if there are no curbs on greenhouse gas emissions. This according to a new climate-modeling report issued March 26. The researchers built their forecast on data contained in a massive study being published in installments this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
“Most climatologists agree that the earth's temperature has increased about a degree over the last century. The debate is how much of it is due to mankind's activity. Britain's Channel 4 television has just produced "The Great Global Warming Swindle," a documentary that devastates most of the claims made by the environmentalist movement. The scientists interviewed include top climatologists from MIT and other prestigious universities around the world. The documentary hasn't aired in the U.S., but it's available on the YouTube.”
“U.S. researchers report that many of the world's current climates may disappear if current global warming trends continue, while climates unlike any seen today would be created, increasing the risk of extinctions and other ecological events. Professor John Williams, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and colleagues forecast the risk of novel or disappearing climates by the year 2100, using global climate models and greenhouse gas emission scenarios from the recent assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”
“To opponents of global warming, it must have seemed like a perfect storm: Al Gore pocketed an Oscar for his doomsday climate documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report with dire warnings about CO2 emissions. Even George Bush offered conciliatory talk about reducing carbon pollutants. But then an unwelcome squall appeared on the horizon: The documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. Director Martin Durkin's film combines interviews with distinguished scientists, a sober narrative, and damning graphs and statistics to challenge the advocacy politics of global warming.”
“Australia will spend $200 million ($161 million U.S) to reduce the clearing of forests in Asia, Prime Minister John Howard said. The funds to support sustainable logging would help curb greenhouse gas emissions, Howard told reporters in Canberra. His Liberal-National government, trailing the main opposition Labor Party in opinion polls, is tackling climate change as it heads to an election this year.The government has refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol that sets a timetable for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, saying it would hurt economic growth.”
“While it is incontestable that the atmosphere is warming with possible dire consequences, it is not agreed on by all climatologists and scientists that man is the sole cause of this phenomenon. Many alternatives have been advanced to the theory that burning fossil fuels is the culprit. These claims include solar radiation, changing ocean currents, the effect of clouds, and cosmic rays from outer space. Among scientists who remain skeptical of the popular CO2 theory is Professor David Bromich of Ohio University. Bromich has stated, “The climate models I have seen are inconsistent with the evidence that we have for the past 50 years from Antarctica.”