The photo below is the cover of the Nov. 29, 2010, edition of Focus, one of the three major German news weeklies. (Focus — not as turgid and politically tendentious as Der Spiegel, not salacious like Stern.)
In the magazine itself, the story’s headline is “It’s getting warmer — Good!”
So which U.S. publication is willing to examine the same issues, report the same facts and challenge the same preconceptions and matters of faith?
In a video promoting the magazine, author Christian Pantle describes the piece. Our translation:
The climate summit is taking place this week in Cancun, where countries will again wrestle with how best to fight global warming. We approach the question this way: Is global warming really terrible? Does it really have only disadvantages? Does it really have only catastrophic consequences? Because until now, it’s always been maintained that any change is always change for the worse, when really a change can have good and bad sides, which can also produce positive results.
No one has really looked into this. It’s a quite a remarkable taboo in Germany.
One knows from the earth’s history that warm periods of time were as a rule good periods of time for mankind and nature, while colder periods tended to be worse. One knows that, for example, during the Ice Age 20,000 years ago, all of middle Europe was a frozen desert. Not a single person lived there, no one. That was a real climate catastrophe.
While, for example, during the warming period 10,000 years ago, that led to the greening of the Sahara, which through the cooling became this desert wasteland that it is now. It’s other than what most people actually think: The Sahara did not come into existence because it got hotter, but rather cooler, because rainfall subsided as a result.
Now, with the current warming, the rains are beginning to return, the air is getting more humid, and there indications that it’s become greener. For the inhabitants in Africa that’s a positive effect, and if the trend continues, it could be that in 100 years you’ll again have the green terrain that it was before – with crocodiles, with rivers, with lakes, with swamps. That possible outcome is hardly ever discussed, and yet there are quite clear indications for it.
We spoke with researchers who are actually on site, that is, in the case of the Sahara, an archeological climatologist, who over the last 30 years has traveled ever year into the Sahara, and does research there. He actually documents with photos how the desert has slowly begun to green.
Ja, it’s quite a taboo topic in Germany. The United States, too, at least for the mainstream media.
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