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In other parts of the world, temperatures continued to climb. Unfortunately for Dick, there was a very large amount of copy flowing through the magazine's editing system that evening and his 'blues' didn't reach Emerson's desk until much later. Some years before, scientist Charles David Keeling, measuring the atmosphere from posts atop Mauna Loa and in Antarctica, launched an investigation of changes in the levels of carbon dioxide.

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At their peak, in , there were 95 in the United States. First, you have to understand the story you want to write clearly enough that you can describe it in miniature in a pitch. All of that has changed, of course. In a column that appeared in the next issue, Samuelson characterized the article as "'fundamentally misleading' because it focused on the 'peripheral' actions of the 'denial machine' instead of the intractability of man-made warming". But as any climate reporter who has tried to run the global cooling consensus assertion to ground has already found, the consensus did not even happen. Either that, or she does understand them but decided to score cheap points against physicians instead of adding three words after "hysterectomy": "for benign disease. When newspapers try to stay profitable through cuts never a wise strategy, but one that makes the books look good in the short term , the science section is often the first to go. During the boom years, newspapers hired lots of science writers for weekly science sections. Case of the Blues: "Oh, no, Dick," Emerson protested. I did not have email. He went back to the office where he'd spent almost all that evening, rolled a sheet of paper into the typewriter -- and wrote the cutline. At the time, magazine publishers did not see the point of rigging their computers to telephone wires. So climate change in the form of global warming was a widespread topic of concern during this era, and there was no consensus that the Earth would cool in the immediate future. He, one must add, is still in the business, writing for UK-based Physics World from his home in Massachusetts. Dick caved, went to the ailing writer's desk, leafed through all the files that had come in from the bureaus and the researchers and knocked out a quick story.

It is a dramatic move by Gwynne to put some finesse with a skin-back splash on his old yarn. First a caveat: I am probably the wrong person to ask for this advice.

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He, one must add, is still in the business, writing for UK-based Physics World from his home in Massachusetts. Some contrarians point to an international conspiracy they say is trying to suppress evidence of a supposed consensus on global cooling. If you have a hazy sense of journalism as it was circathen you have to update your perceptions.

In a twinkling they may conclude that if he is indeed now as worried as the IPCC is about global warming, it just means that Gwynne is a pinko, or has been bought out by all those wealthy windfarm and solar energy tycoons, or is merely as fickle and therefore as opportunistic as those slippery scientists who won't stand on principle like any good right-thinking person should do no matter the evidence.

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