Anyway this reminds me of something else I have been reading in 'Environmental Communication - A Journal of Nature and Culture - Volume 6' about Climate in the News: How Differences in Media Discourse Between the US and the UK reflect National Priorities. At page 44 there is a discussion about the use of words and phrases and the indicators as to the conclusions about climate change reached by writers for the London Times as opposed to the New York Times. I don't fully understand the linguistic science which is used throughout the article but clearly readers need to be taking a much more analytical approach to what they read.
In summary, the view was that the London Times articles on climate change between 2000 and 2009 take a much more action and solutions oriented 'take' on the issue of climate in the news, whereas the New York Times takes a far more problem and scientific framework focus and therefore it's not clearly accepted scientifically in the U.S that anthropogenic climate change is a problem.
Very interesting. Metropolitan differences, and national differences alike .... this area of comparative environmental discourse is still in its early stages, but is a reflection of the great divide that exists regionally and natioanlly as a whole..