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Climate change: One to bookmark


Sam Roggeveen


8 January 2008 09:09

Via Foreign Policy's blog, Passport, I see that Denis Dutton, editor of the marvellous and popular Arts & Letter Daily, has developed a spin-off site devoted entirely to the climate change debate, Climate Debate Daily. It has a similar format to its parent site, with frequently updated links to scientific articles, news stories, economic studies, polemics, historical articles, PR releases, editorials, feature commentaries, and blog entries about climate change.

But the format is different in one important way, and those who argue global warming is man-made and represents a serious threat to humanity might not like it. The Climate Debate Daily site is divided down the middle, with links for 'calls to action' on one side and 'dissenting voices' on the other. The 'dissenting voices' crew have argued for years that their scepticism does not get equal billing in media debates, with 'calls to action' advocates saying this is just as it should be, given scientific opinion is weighted heavily against the sceptics.

Dutton says his site is neutral, but this format does seem to favour the sceptics, given their smaller number. On my observation of Arts & Letters Daily, this is not entirely surprising, as his article selections tend to favour the political right. But Arts & Letters Daily is always intelligent and humane and never dogmatic, so the advent of Climate Debate Daily is sure to be a good thing, no matter which side of the debate you are on.