04 May 2008

Headlines without Sense

This morning, my lovely wife alerted me to the next catastrophic effect of “global warming”: shark attacks. The headline from The Guardian said it all. “Surge in fatal shark attacks blamed on global warming.”

Well, maybe not.

“Global warming” is mentioned once in the story. The term has the modifier “could be” in front of it. That doesn’t amount to blame in my mind.

The story spends much more time suggesting that rising populations equate to more people seeking recreation in the ocean and that the ocean is a dangerous place – there are sharks and other creatures in there. Thus, injuries occur.

A more appropriate headline, it seems, would be “Rising population leads to close encounters between people, sharks.” But that would leave the buzz of “global warming” out of the story. Obviously I know nothing about selling news.

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