Climate porn

Apocalyptic visions of climate change used by newspapers, environmental groups and the UK government amount to “climate porn” according to the (left-leaning) Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Apparently, the over-use of alarming images is a “counsel of despair” making people feel helpless, but more sinisterly, they (the newspapers, I suppose) are using cataclysmic imagery partly for commercial gain. How very quintessentially British, old chap! I say, let’s not be too bold, after all, we don’t want to worry anyone. As for scare-mongering to sell newspapers … well, I’d hardly put the Independent and the Financial Times in the gutter press category. If this is porn, give me more of it. It beats standing naked baying at the moon trying to convince people the planet is in trouble.