Watermelon is a word that tells you what is wrong with the climate change debate.
The right believes the agenda is green on the outside but red on the inside – we must take the political poison out of the debate
The elephant in the room at the parliamentary inquiry though has been that, consciously or not, there are people on all sides of the climate debate who argue backwards from a cultural or political position. As a result, arguments about the science of climate change become a proxy for what is really a political argument. If you like the prescription, then you embrace the diagnosis. If you don't, you undermine the diagnosis or attack the doctor.
But if it was just a question of putting across complex science to a lay readership whose attention must be grabbed from the numerous other shiny news stories on offer that would be, if not easy, at least no harder than your average science story. Science journalists' stock in trade is making unfamiliar ideas intelligible, compelling, relevant and entertaining. And let's face it, climate science may be complex, but the Higgs boson is harder to grasp than global warming.
Why a watermelon tells you what's wrong with the climate debate - Zunia.org
Full article by James Randerson of The Guardian, Environment, 2013/sep/11/Climate-Debate