A dramatic reduction in Canadian media coverage of climate change science issues is the result of the Harper government introducing new rules in 2007 to control interviews by Environment Canada scientists with journalists, says a newly released federal document.Climate change isn't happening if we don't fund research and don't discuss it in the media, right? Isn't this the party that was elected on a platform of accountability and transparency?
"Scientists have noticed a major reduction in the number of requests, particularly from high profile media, who often have same-day deadlines," said the Environment Canada document. "Media coverage of climate change science, our most high-profile issue, has been reduced by over 80 per cent."
Many (federal climate change) scientists are recognized experts in their field, have received media training, and have successfully carried out media interviews for many years," said the document, leaked by an Environment Canada employee who asked not to be named.
"Our scientists are very frustrated with the new process. They feel the intent of the policy is to prevent them from speaking to media."
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's Not A Problem if It Isn't Covered in The Media