Aug. 5, 2019

The Canadian press and academia misrepresent - again

Aug. 5, 2019 - I just happened to browse some news sites this morning. One was National Newswatch and they were carrying a story from Global News. 
 
Climate deadline more like 18 months instead of 12 years, some experts say
 
What deadline? What experts? I went to find out. The article refers to people implied as experts.
 
One is Ian Mauro, University of Winnipeg. They call him a climate scientist. I looked for the information available at the University on this person. He is in the Department of Geography, Associate Professor. He teaches: Courses: GEOG-1102(3) Intro Human Geog I, GEOG-2503(3) Manitoba Physical & Human Environment. Hardly "climate science".
 
Then there are the publications he is associated with:
 
Publications:
Chatwood, S., F. Paulette, R. Baker, A. M. A., Eriksen, E. L. Hanset, H. Eriksen, V., Hiratuska, J. Lavoie, W. Lou, I. Mauro, J. Orbinski, N. Pambrun, H. Retallack,  and A. Brown. 2017. Indigenous values and health systems stewardship in circumpolar countries. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121462
Potvin, C., D. Sharma, I. Creed, S. Aitken, F. Anctil, E. Bennett, F. Berkes, S., Bernstein, N. Bleau, A. Bourque, B. Brown, S., Burch, J. Byrne, A., Cunsolo Willox, A., Dale,D. de Lange, B. Dyck, M. Entz, J. Etcheverry, R. Faucher, A. Fenech, L. Fraser, I. Henriques, A. Heyland, M. Hoffmann, G. Hoberg , M. Holden, G. Huang, A. Jacob, S. Jodoin, A. Kemper, M., Lucotte, R., Maranger, L. Margolis, D. Matthews, I. Mauro, J. McDonnell, J. Meadowcroft, C. Messier, M. Mkandawire, C. Morency, N. Mousseau, K. Oakes, S. Otto, P. Palmater, T. Palmer, D. Paquin, A. Perl, A. Potvin, A. H. Ramos, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, N. Richards, J. Robinson, S. Sheppard, S. Simard, B. Sinclair, N. Slawinski, M., Stoddart, M. Villard, C. Villeneuve, S., Wesche, and T. Wright. 2017. Stimulating a Canadian narrative of hope for climate. Facets. doi: 10.1139/facets-2016-0029.
Bullock, R., D. Kirchhoff, I. Mauro, and M. Boerchers, M. 2017. Indigenous capacity for collaboration in Canada’s energy, forestry and mining sectors: research metric and trend. Environment, Development and Sustainability. doi: 10.1007/s10668-017-9917-9
Ford, J.D., E. Stephenson, A. Cunsolo Willox, V. Edge, K. Farahbakhsh, C. Furgal, S. Harper, S. Chatwood, I. Mauro, T. Pearce, S. Austin, A. Bunce, A. Bussalleu, J. Diaz, K. Finner, A. Gordon, C. Huet, K. Kitching, M. Lardeau, G. McDowell, E. McDonald, L. Nakoneczny, and M. Sherman. 2015. Community-based adaptation research in the Canadian Arctic. Wires Climate Change. doi: 10.1002/wcc.376.
Gagnon, G., W. Krkosek, L. Anderson, E. McBean, M. Mosheni, M. Bazri, and I. Mauro. 2015. Impacts of hydraulic fracturing on water quality: a review of the literature, regulatory frameworks and an analysis of information gaps. Environmental Reviews. doi: 10.1139/er-2015-0043.
Chatwood, S., F. Paulette, R. Baker, A. Eriksen, K. L. Hansen, H. Eriksen, V. Hiratsuka, J. Lavoie, W. Lou, I. Mauro, J. Orbinski, N. Pambrun, H. Retallack, and A. Brown. 2015. Approaching Etuaptmumk – Introducing a consensus based mixed method for health services research. Circumpolar Health. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ijch.v74.27438.
Wheeler, D. M. MacGregor, F. Atherton, K. Christmas, S. Dalton, M. Dusseault, G. Gagnon, B. Hayes, C. MacIntosh, I. Mauro, and R. Ritcey. 2015. Hydraulic Fracturing – Integrating public participation with an independent review of the risks and benefits. Energy Policy 85: 299–308.
Cunsolo Willox, A., E. Stephenson, J. Allen, F. Bourque, A. Drossos, S. Elgarøy, M., Kral, I. Mauro, J. Moses, T. Pearce, J. Petrasek MacDonald, and L. Wexler. 2014.  Examining relationships between climate change and mental health in the Circumpolar North. Regional Environmental Change. doi: 10.1007/s10113-014-0630.
Ford, J., A. Cunsolo Willox, S. Chatwood, V. Edge, C. Furgal, S. Harper, I. Mauro, and T. Pearce. 2014. Adapting to the health effects of climate change for Inuit. American Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.21051AJPH.2013.301724, April 22, 2014. 
 
None of this is actually on the science of climate!
 
So why call him a climate scientist? He studies with others the effects of climate. Of course, it is changing like it always has.  
 
Additionally no academic credentials are provided. There is a Department of Environmental Science and Studies at the University but Mauro is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography. 
 
Is this what Global News, National Newswatch is suppose to be doing? Creating news stories with dubious sources ? No science, just talking points from people in related fields?
 
Then the article quotes another so-called expert, Angela Carter of the University of Waterloo. She is a political scientist! Well qualified in her field but it is not in climate science. 
 
So she’s involved in the policy of the politics of climate not climate science. She says: 
 
"My research has focused on environmental policy and politics surrounding oil extraction in Canada’s major oil producing provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland And Labrador. I have analyzed how environmental policy is developed and contested, emphasizing tension between environmental/community impacts and economic imperatives. This work was primarily supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Strategic Research Grant, “The Environmental Assessment Processes of Canadian 'Frontier' Oil and Gas,” with Drs. Gail Fraser and Anna Zalik at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies.
 
I am now extending this work in an international comparative project on supply-side climate policy, focused on political conditions necessary to wind down fossil fuel extraction in developed-world states.  I am particularly intrigued by the rise of “keep it in the ground” movements and legislation."
 
Neither of these people has any expertise in climate science and extending or reducing the deadline of anything. Yet the headline talks about them being experts and deadlines for carbon emissions — areas completely beyond their fields of expertise. 
 
Both of these academics should tell Global News their names are used for concepts for which they have no particular expertise. 
 
This is the state of our press today! This is just one tiny example. Many others abound. That’s all I could do everyday if I had the time and inclination.
 
How can anyone have an informed opinion on anything anymore if they have to rely on our press?