Two Publications on Climate Change Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of "On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty," by William K. Stevens with "Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change", the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change's 2007 report.
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The paper examines both the article "On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty," by William K. Stevens, and the intergovernmental report "Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change," that Stevens' article is based on. The paper relates that Stevens' article is focused on the personal level, while the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report deals more with international policy on the issue. The paper shows how Stevens' article is much more accessible, while the report from which he draws is long, can be tedious to read, and is difficult to understand.

From the Paper:

"Stevens begins his article with an anecdote of life in the Times newsroom. He recalls that whenever a cold front would hit, other reporters would spend some humor on the climate change reporter, saying something to the tune of ``so much for global warming.'' Stevens comments that a joke like that would probably not be heard today. He worked for the paper until 2000, when a minority of people were convinced that global warming was a result of humans' actions. Today, he argues, little doubt exists that humans have a serious impact on global warming. One of the primary arguments that Stevens uses to support this claim is the vast amount of political attention that the issue receives. For instance, Stevens notes the attention paid to global warming in the 2008 election, especially recalling the importance that conservative Republican John McCain assigned to the issue. A similar scene ``back in the day'' would have been ``unimaginable,'' according to Stevens. In addition to the politics and widespread attention paid to the issue, Stevens cites the most recent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, in addition to its progression of reports."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2007). Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change. Retrieved January 12, 2008, from
  • Stevens, William K. (2007, February 6). On the Climate Change Beat, Doubt Gives Way to Certainty. The New York Times. Retrieved from 06clim.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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