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The Media's Failure With the Biggest Story in the World

Why has the U.S. government not acted boldly to respond to the climate crisis\? One of the reasons is that - as pointed out by James Hansen, who retired from his day job to spend more time on political efforts and communicating with the public - getting the federal government to act on global warming "likely requires public pressure."
David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. His most recent book is Unprecedented: Can Civilization Survive the C02 Crisis\? (Clarity Press, 2015)

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The subtitle of David Ray Griffin's new book, Unprecedented, asks the most serious question raised by global warming, Can Civilization Survive the CO2 Crisis\? The book argues that of all the factors that have led to this crisis, none is more important than the failure of America's mainstream media. The following excerpt, after introducing this issue, discusses one of the most important dimensions of the media's failure. The book was published before The Guardian, which had all along provided the best coverage, began its climate-change campaign, referring to the threat from climate change as "the biggest story in the world."

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A guide to California's water crisis - and why it's so hard to fix 11.Apr.2015 18:42

Brad Plumer marc1seed@yahoo.com

to read Brad Plumer's detailed article published April 10, 2015 on www.vox.com, click on

 http://www.vox.com/2015/4/10/8379221/california-drought-water-crisis

California saw this drought coming. Even if people in the state didn't know it would be this bad now the worst in recorded history they've known that dry years are inevitable and had all sorts of ideas for how to deal with them.

But for all that planning, California's current drought has been a total disaster. Reservoirs are drying up. Crops are wilting in the fields. For the first time ever, towns and cities will face a mandatory 25 percent cut in their water use.

"The underlying problem is bigger than almonds or golf courses"

The problem isn't that no one foresaw the drought. The problem is that no one has been able to solve an underlying issue that is simultaneously less scary and also much harder than a dry spell: California's convoluted water system and intractable water politics.