Well, catastrophic climate change has made it onto the soundwaves of mainstream television in the form of an interview with the infamous Paul Henry.
You can see that NIWA scientist Chris Brandolino is more than slightly anxious to get his message out. To be fair Paul hears him out until a certain point where he collapses into nervous laughter and the interview is more or less complete.
What is really revealing is Paul Henry himself.
Like Donald Trump in the US Paul Henry is a perfect representation of the average “civilised” New Zealander who would (literally) rather destroy his own nest and die rather than make any changes to his/her lifestyle.
So is the perfect person to help deliver the message.
He is 'Mr. Average' climate change denier and his response is that that I have encountered time after time after time.
Change the station and move on.
I encountered a quote that said something like – I do not fear the fascist as fascist. What is dangerous is the fascist dressed up like a democrat.
In this context, far more dangerous than Paul Henry (who in his own way allows the message to get out) are the Kim Hills and Guyon Espiners – the civilised fascists of Radio New Zealand - who will try every sophisticated trick in the book to stop educated New Zealanders from knowing the truth.
On this one at least. I would rather have Paul Henry who,if nothing else, is straightforward.
Here is Martyn Bradbury on the same item.
Climate Denier Paul Henry shocked at climate change – laughs it off anyway
Our total denial of the realities we face if we do not make significant changes now is as bewildering as our blind ignorance. We deserve political leaders who will lead, not make excuses. The very existence of us as a species demands it.
February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by Nasa.
The unprecedented leap led scientists, usually wary of highlighting a single month’s temperature, to label the new record a “shocker” and warn of a “climate emergency”
The Nasa data shows the average global surface temperature in February was 1.35C warmer than the average temperature for the month between 1951-1980, a far bigger margin than ever seen before. The previous record, set just one month earlier in January, was 1.15C above the long-term average for that month.
“Nasa dropped a bombshell of a climate report,” said Jeff Masters and Bob Henson, who analysed the data on the Weather Underground website. “February dispensed with the one-month-old record by a full 0.21C – an extraordinary margin to beat a monthly world temperature record by.”
“This result is a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases,” said Masters and Henson. “We are now hurtling at a frightening pace toward the globally agreed maximum of 2C warming over pre-industrial levels.