Two news notes from this morning:
1- The Weather Channel is launching a new program series, “Climate Code,” that will focus on global warming. Dr Heidi Cullen will host the half-hour program. The tag line for the ad campaign is, “The problem is global. The solution is possible.” Should be interesting to see if the program sparks greater awareness and action among weather junkies.
2- A large majority of reporters queried believe the situation in Iraq is best now characterized as a civil war. Former Ambassador Peter Galbraith told NPR’s “On the Media” that it would be hard to describe a conflict in which 30-40,000 citizens are dying annually in any other way. Listen to the full NPR story at the program website to hear thoughts on why calling the conflict anything else might be shading the story in ways that will prolong both the Iraqi and American agony there.
CORRECTION- It was actually Larry Diamond, a former advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority and a Senior Fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, who mentioned the 30-40,000 dead per year as an argument for using the term civil war. Former Ambassador Galbraith also strenuously argues that the situation is indeed a civil war.