12/01/2005 12:35 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Global Warming: the Press Drops the Ball Again

George Bernard Shaw observed that "a journalist is someone who can't distinguish the end of civilization from a bicycle accident." Yesterday, scientists revealed that global warming has disrupted and slowed the ocean conveyor belt that carries the warm currents that have allowed the cultivation and growth of civilization in northern Europe and elsewhere. So why was this vitally important story relegated to page 8 of the New York Times, page 20 of the Los Angeles Times, and dumped on the newsroom floor elsewhere?