New York Times mocked for comparing threat of climate change and nuclear war

New York Times mocked for comparing threat of climate change and nuclear war
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The New York Times was mocked by social media users on Friday after the paper tweeted out a question asking which was the greater threat to Guam: a nuclear bomb threat from North Korea or climate change?

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The tweet links to a story that warns heat waves and harsher storms and erosion could impact Guam's tourism industry, an important part of its economy.

“The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory’s shores,” reads the lead to the story. “Some Guam residents told reporters that they worried what might happen if North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, were actually to follow through.”

The story continues: “Scientists in Guam, however, say they have at least one other major threat in mind: climate change.”

The Twitter reaction to the New York Times' question was swift and mostly mocking. 

After the blowback, the Times sent a modified tweet removing the original question.

“North Korea’s missiles may be one threat to Guam, but scientists are warning of another: climate change," it reads.