The Associated Press, the “bible” of mainstream media, updated its global warming entry according to a memo.
We are adding a brief description of those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces:
Our guidance is to use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science and to avoid the use of skeptics or deniers.
Paul Colford, vice president and director of media relations at the AP, wrote about the memo from Stylebook editors Sally Jacobsen, Dave Minthorn and Paula Froke. The memo also included a bit about how the AP makes decisions on stylebook changes.
Here’s the entry:
global warming The terms global warming and climate change can be used interchangeably. Climate change is more accurate scientifically to describe the various effects of greenhouse gases on the world because it includes extreme weather, storms and changes in rainfall patterns, ocean acidification and sea level. But global warming as a term is more common and understandable to the public.
Though some public officials and laymen and only a few climate scientists disagree, the world’s scientific organizations say that the world’s climate is changing because of the buildup of heat-trapping gases, especially carbon dioxide, from the burning of coal, oil and gas. This is supported by more than 90 percent of the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Is a new ice age coming? In the 1970s scientists were quoted in Time magazine, predicting just that, the next ice age was beginning to form. After a few years, the predictions were forgotten. Perhaps there was no money in promoting fear of a new ice age. Energy companies would benefit from fighting the freeze.
What is the consensus of scientists on the cause of the ice ages and warming periods? The last ice age finished receding 10,000 years ago. The Great Lakes were formed by the mile-high glaciers that covered North America, melting from the warming period we live in today. The tribes of hunters and gatherers lived in the stone age when the glaciers melted, mankind had no impact on global warming.