Monday July 9th… 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 or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials)😊. Here is today’s main climate change post related hot topic:
Silence on Climate Change
I was disturbed enough this evening after reading a Twitter thread to present a second post for today. The first dealt with localized energy policy plans, which are necessary to help solve future climate change weather related problems. Well, we need to recognize that there are climate change weather related problems happening now in the first place. In other words, diagnose that a patient is ill so that treatment can be offered. Los Angeles was a very sick patient over the weekend with a high fever, for example.
I agree with Dr, Gunther, who is featured here, that when news outlets, including my own former place of business The Weather Channel, talk and describe about weather related disasters the subject of climate change should at least be addressed.
And now let me have Dr. Guenther take the floor:
It was disturbing and surreal.
The first story was about the current drought in Oregon. It focused on a rancher who is currently paying to have 18,000 gallons of water a day trucked in to water his livestock. (Yes, you read that right.) The story discussed how much this water and its transport was costing the rancher; how long this drought has affected ranching in the West; and what the ranchers might do if the weather doesn’t eventually return to normal (as if it would one day return to normal). Not once did the segment report that
#climatechange makes drought more likely. Not once did it calculate and report the carbon footprint of ranching, let alone ranching that needs to truck in 18,000 gallons of water per ranch per day. It performed full-on #ClimateSilence.
The next segment that should have been connected to climate change was broadcasted during a show about “networks.” This segment interviewed some Ted-talking Frenchman who works on self-driving cars. This fellow waxed very eloquently about roads covered in self-driving cars whose algorithms would be able to adapt to traffic conditions in real time, circulating so smoothly that they would seem like “blood cells” moving in liquid flow. Neither the Frenchman nor his interviewer discussed how the necessity of electrifying these cars might have influenced his vision of the planet veined with rivers of autonomous vehicles. Again,
@nprnews reported on the unprecedented rains in Japan that have killed dozens of people and forced 1.6 million people to evacuate their homes. (1.6 M is basically the population of Barcelona. Could you imagine Barcelona empty? Ok, then.) How hard would it have been to mention in one sentence that #climatechange makes precipitation events like this more likely? Not hard. How responsible would it have been to add that sentence to the news segment? EXTREMELY responsible.
We are undergoing climate change RIGHT NOW. It is global. Its signal is emerging in all sorts of events. It is part of the news ALL THE TIME. Yet we almost never hear about it, except in the “science section,” or the “environment section,” or the whatever niche section. And this is
@NPR we’re talking about here! Radio for the Birkenstock crowd! I often wonder how my dear friends, lefties all (almost all), seem not to feel climate change slowly bearing down upon them, and then I realize: they almost never hear about it.
Media, you need to do better. Not just
@NPR, but @MSNBC, @abcnews, @ABC, @CBSNews, @CNN, @NewsHour, all y’all. And @nytimes and @washingtonpost, your climate reporting is excellent, but you need to bring climate into your general coverage too.
There is no outside. There is no away. There is no Planet B. This madness must end. Climate slience must end. That is all.
Well, Amen Dr. Guenther.
If I see any news item relevant to this post I’ll add it in the space below later tonight.
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