Monday February 26th… Dear Diary. The main purpose of this ongoing post will be to track United States extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change related topic: The Media and Reporting of Arctic Warmth
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In my opinion the most significant climate/weather event of this decade is taking place across the Northern Hemisphere this week, and it’s hardly being noticed much by the mainstream U.S. media on television until today, simply not being emphasized enough. I and many other climate scientists began blogging and reporting on extreme arctic warmth Sunday, so why the three day gap (if not even more time) reporting on this historic event on television? I suppose because the warmth isn’t directly killing people, but red flags are going up which could mean doom for many in the future. True, traditional media outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post are covering this arctic heat, but television not so much.
If a story bleeds it leads, which is how short sighted media has behaved reporting stories since the 19th century. The media mantra that we should see and hear is if there are is potential for a multitude of deaths and havoc the story should lead. Ah, the human race is very reactionary and doesn’t have a lot of foresight. I did see with a wink and a nod yesterday some reporting on snow in Rome in association with the European cold wave, but none on the arctic warmth with obvious climate change ramifications. Last decade Katrina was about the biggest climate related story getting wall to wall T.V. coverage because thousands of people were affected, hurt, and did bleed. Finally, after doing a lot of “jumping up and down” to get attention by climate scientists, the arctic warmth story is getting coverage… unfortunately at the end of more liberal televised news segments such as those on MSNBC, not on all networks.
To review this is what I see reported today on both the much related “Beast from the East” and the record arctic warmth: