Friday, September 15, 2006

The Environment Goes Mainstream

Today a popular and respected UK national newspaper devoted its first 5 pages to the issue of climate change. A very pessimistic picture was painted with topics such as the future extinction of polar bears and the UK's half-hearted response to climate change being discussed.

But the article was more significant than that. It showed that, in the UK at least, environmental concerns are now a mainstream topic, worthy of making headline news in national newspapers. It is worth pointing out that this is by no means the first time that The Independent has led with an environmental story, but I don't think they have ever devoted the first 5 pages to one before. It would be interesting to know whether national newspapers in other countries have ever devoted so much attention to climate change and, in particular, whether it would ever happen in the US.

Here is a link to the lead article;

http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1603667.ece

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