As I right this, it is 58.5 deg F outside my window, and the sun is shining brightly.
Our chatty-happy media personalities actively harm us with their bubbly upbeat descriptions of today’s “beautiful” weather (I apologize for not embedding the video, but I can’t find the embed code and don’t have time to code it from scratch.). Tim Kelley goes to some lengths to reassure us that it’s been warmer on this date in 1907 — presumably to make sure that none of us blames this on global warming.
The Arctic sea-ice coverage is collapsing. The seasonal changes that normally set up to create New England winter weather are missing. Even Mr. Kelley describes the high that has now stabilized off the East coast as a “Bermuda High”. A Bermuda High in the first week of January? That is a wake-up call, folks.
Contrary to what our right-wingers and mainstream media would have us believe, global climate change is happening faster and more extreme than the IPCC models have predicted. We see this in the 2011 patterns of the US southwest, we see this in the unexpected plumes of methane observed emerging from melting permafrost in northern Europe and Alaska, and we see this in the very unusual winter weather pattern we have been experiencing in North America and New Englad this year.
Is today’s warm weather directly caused by anthropogenic global warming? Nobody can say. Is today’s weather “beautiful”? Most emphatically “no”. I doubt that co-anchors could get away with talking on-air about how much they enjoy the lovely scent of the fresh smoke of a fine cigar. Why is it still ok for them to lie about climate change?
It is perhaps time to strongly encourage our mainstream media do a better job of communicating the real meaning of the tangible climate change happening all around us.
In today’s Sunday Globe, we see another example of mainstream media coverage of the “unseasonable” weather that nearly avoids mention of climate change altogether.
The piece includes just this reference:
“I am giddy with delight that I have not picked up a shovel, or an ice scraper,” said Kathryn Kilroy, of Somerville. “But my Catholic upbringing also has me feeling guilty as thoughts of global warming sneak into my mind.”
I see. So realistic concerns about the relationship between unusual winters such as this and anthropogenic climate change are reduced to Catholic guilt. We are encouraged to “shed a tear for the sea turtles, count [our] blessings in snowlessness”
With mainstream media “reporting” like this, is it any wonder that our government is so paralyzed about climate change?