7.00 News – 13 August 2007
Three viewers complained that a news report on climate change wrongly used footage of power station cooling towers releasing steam to illustrate greenhouse gas emissions caused by power stations.
The ABC reviewed the report and agreed that the final image, in particular, should not have dwelt on the cooling towers as it could have given a misleading impression that these towers were the main source of emissions. The response explained that, on occasion, the ABC does use general pictures of coal-fired power stations as these plants produce considerable greenhouse gas emissions. However, the ABC is aware that the fumes rising from the cooling towers are principally water vapour and we try not to dwell on those pictures alone.