Keep it in the ground

Make Wealth History blog explores why Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian until later this year, has put the paper’s weight behind ‘Keep it in the Ground’

Make Wealth History

Earlier this year the Guardian announced that it was going to be putting climate change ‘front and center‘ in its news  coverage. Editor Alan Rusbridger explained that the media, his own paper included, has struggled to do justice to climate change. “We prefer to deal with what has happened, not what lies ahead” he wrote. “We favour what is exceptional and in full view over what is ordinary and hidden.”

I can understand Rusbridger’s frustration. As this week’s column inches about Jeremy Clarkson attest, what matters and what constitutes news don’t necessarily overlap.

As a slow motion, long term problem, climate change doesn’t make headlines, despite being one of the most serious issues journalists will cover in their careers. So the paper has been trying to remedy that problem, for its own readers at least, and taken on a much more campaigning edge in its coverage this…

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5 responses to “Keep it in the ground

  1. “The Biggest Story in the World”

    The Guardian is planning a series of podcasts under this title. Here’s a transcript of the first: https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2015/20150312_gn Having read that, it’s relevant to read this article by John Jewell of Cardiff University (in particular the concluding paragraphs): https://theconversation.com/guardian-fortunes-appear-revived-as-leadership-contest-enters-home-straight-38563 (The comments are especially interesting.)

  2. “The Biggest Story in the World”

    Here’s a transcript of the second Guardian podcast: https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2015/20150319_gn

    Some preceptive comments:
    “Russia owns most of the resources that are underground – changing Putin’s view in the next 12 months is going to be a bit of a hard one.”
    “Something in the region of 90% of all the oil and gas is owned by countries, not by companies.”
    “You know, how does one persuade Saudi Arabia to change its policy on oil? This is a very difficult question.”

    And they might have added: Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Nigeria … etc. And China and India might be a bit tricky. Nor can I see the SNP being over-keen.

  3. For some reason my first comment didn’t get past moderation. Here it is again:

    “The Biggest Story in the World”

    The Guardian is planning a series of podcasts under this title. Here’s a transcript of the first: https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2015/20150312_gn Having read that, it’s relevant to read this article by John Jewell of Cardiff University (in particular the concluding paragraphs): https://theconversation.com/guardian-fortunes-appear-revived-as-leadership-contest-enters-home-straight-38563 (The comments are especially interesting.)

  4. My first comment – with a transcript of the first Guardian podcast – failed to pass moderation. So here’s just the podcast: https://sites.google.com/site/mytranscriptbox/2015/20150312_gn

    A note on the 525GT “limit”.

    It was calculated in 2012. By the end of 2015, an additional 140GT or so will have been emitted. Suppose China’s emissions grow by only 4% pa to 2020 and are static thereafter (IMO very conservative). That would mean that in 2016-2040 China will have emitted about 330GT. Suppose India’s emissions grow by 5% pa to 2040. That would mean that in 2016-2040 India will have emitted about 130GT.

    As 140 + 330 + 130 = 600, these two countries alone would have busted the 525GT “limit”. Of course the reality is worse: if global emissions grow by only 2% pa, the limit will be breached by 2026.

  5. I suspect my first post failed to pass moderation because it contained two URL links. The second, an article by John Jewell of Cardiff University, is here: https://theconversation.com/guardian-fortunes-appear-revived-as-leadership-contest-enters-home-straight-38563

    I drew attention to the concluding paragraphs and especially the comments.

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