The hundreds of questions already submitted to The Sunday Age's Climate Agenda cover plenty of ground — from teasing out the science to asking about the real world impact of climate change and the Government's policy, to criticising media coverage of global warming.
The newspaper has teamed with Melbourne-based group OurSay to enable people to post questions they wanted answered on climate change, and to vote for other people's questions. Voting ends on September 2 and
The Sunday Age has commited to reporting on the 10 most popular questions.
Advertisement: Story continues below The top question so far, with more than 230 votes, listed by Jason Fong soon after the project opened on Sunday, asks: ''The very point of Australia's carbon tax is to reduce global warming. How much will reducing 5 per cent of Australia's around 1.5 per cent contribution of global CO2 emissions reduce global temperature by?''
The second most popular question question asks The Sunday Age's reporters to find out who, if anyone, is funding prominent climate change ''sceptics'' in the media, including Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt and Sydney radio broadcaster Alan Jones, and whether those people had a vested interest in maintaining ''the industrial status quo''.
The third question asks why the Fairfax press (publishers of The Sunday Age) do not investigate the uncertainty identified by the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change about some aspects of the science.
Other questions cover the health impacts of climate change, the federal Opposition's policies compared to those of other centre-right governments, alternative energy and the role of livestock emissions.
OurSay board member Matthew Gordon said the poll had garnered enormous interest, with 158 questions so far and 1703 votes.
As encouraging was the large number of people participating in the debate by commenting on one another's questions, Mr Gordon said. He said the top questions might not survive the voting process, which has more than three weeks to run.
''There is going to be a long tail ... and there's some juicy questions down there that I think will rise to prominence ... Ultimately, though, it's pub rules. The top 10 questions win the game.''
One recently-asked question encourages The Sunday Age to survey scientists to draw a portrait of what life will be like in 2100 under a changed climate; another asks about the positive effects from a warming planet. And another, from a 68-year-old Marion Johnson, asks The Sunday Age to put its reporting of weather events in the context of her long life, saying, ''Maybe climate is more about cycles than change''.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/who-is-funding-climate-change-sceptics-20110810-1im25.html#ixzz1UbtuQyuG
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