- Sep 2019
How about climate catastrophe. That too seems to be in the runing and yes as stated in the OP hyperbole is the name of the game.Individual writers have used the phrase "scorched earth" in conjunction with climate change for years. The example you provided dates back to 2015. It's called hyperbole. While the UK does not hold a monopoly on the use of hyperbolic headlines, they engage in sensationalism with considerable frequency. The U.K.-based Independent published an article about climate change back in March 1996 titled "Our Scorched Earth." It wasn't an effort to "gain traction." It was just an effort to get people to read the article.
Toward climate catastrophe': World must slash emissions immediately, UN report says