UPDATE: 08/7/2014 On a very much related note, be sure to take a look at the comment from “terry” below. Remember the (presumably now defunct) JournoList? Well it seems that a bigger, better ‘n badder list, going by the oh-so-modest name of the “Gamechanger Salon” has been in operation behind closed screens for some time now!
When it comes to the climate front – or Israel, for that matter – I long ago learned that Canada’s “national” broadcaster, the CBC has lost any reasonable right to call itself a credible news source.
In both matters, the CBC has dutifully followed in the footsteps of the U.K.’s BBC. But I do subscribe to CBC’s daily emailed news bulletins. And occasionally – as happened today – there’s a headline that grabs my attention, such as the following (at approx. 6:39 PM PDT, to be precise):
Burlington flood: Cities face ‘new breed’ of storms, climatologist says
Rainfall in Burlington, Ont., ‘off the scale’
Canadians are facing a “new breed” of storms, and governments should change the way they plan for the kind of wild weather that caused a flash flood in Burlington, Ont., on Monday, says Dave Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist.
“These [once in] 50-year floods are occurring every 10 years, because our climate has changed,” he said.
Phillips added that planning for weather based on the past 100 years “masks” recent events that have dramatically changed how much rain falls. He said in the aftermath of the Toronto floods of August 2013, a look into the last 25 years of rainfall showed that there were three 100-year storms, and six 50-year storms.
CBC meteorologist Shelly James said that Monday’s flash flood was an extremely isolated event, with 190 mm of rain in Burlington, but nearly no rain on either side of the city, including next to none in nearby Hamilton.
Phillips said that in the past few decades, precipitation across Canada has increased 12 per cent, and the “predictable” storms of the past, which used to sweep across southern Ontario, have transformed into “little cells that affect a neighbourhood, a small area.”
“It’s like these are bull’s-eyes,” Phillips said.
It’s been quite some time since I’ve even bothered attempting to post a comment at the CBC. Because more often than not, their moderators just don’t seem to like what I have to say! I could be mistaken, but I believe that the last time I made such an attempt was over a year ago – during the course of their unabashed publicity campaign in favour of the (now) lone Green Party Member of the BC Legislative Assembly, Andrew <barrage of intergalactic ballistic missiles> Weaver.
For the record, Weaver is also a fan of Greenpeace and a long-term Lead Author of the “climate bible“, aka the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Assessment Reports.
So, I think you get the CBC picture. But back to the new (improved?!) “breed of storms”. In all honesty, I have to say that I did not have any great expectations when I submitted the following comment, in response to the above CBC article:
And I can now report that the CBC succeeded (once again!) in living down to my expectations. Their “rules“, evidently, are as follows:
Why did the moderators reject/disable my submission?
We do not provide rationales for moderation decisions but we do our best to reverse moderation actions as required, provided it is technically possible.
Please ensure that your submissions are in line with the Content Submission Guidelines. Some common guideline violations are; (sic) personal attacks, insults, defamatory statements.
That was (obviously!) the “short version”. And here’s the evidence of my <sniffle, sniffle> failure:
Your mission, dear reader, should you choose to accept it will be to enlighten me as to which of their “Content Submission Guidelines” I must have contravened, because … well, because an unnamed, unaccountable “moderator” said so!