Sunday, November 16, 2008

Misleading headlines

This one caught my eye on the Daily Telegraph RSS service:

"Climate change threatens spectacle of birds at wetland sites"

I think we are all becoming conditioned to reading between the lines whenever we see "climate change" in a headline. Whatever follows is bound to be negative, anthropogenic and indicative of imminent disaster.

All this article is about, however, is the expectation that fewer birds are migrating to some of the best viewing sites in the UK. Some species are causing concern with globally reduced numbers, while others are on the increase. That's as it is likely to be - the only constant in life is change.

Now that our spectacles are threatened, what can we expect next?