Boston has been keeping temperature records for the last 146 years. It never once hit 70 in February in its first 113 years of record keeping. But if forecasters are right about today, we’ll have done it twice this week and three times in the last two years alone. We’re forecast to break today’s 112-year-old record high by an incredible seven degrees.
And not a single journalist in Boston is connecting the dots to global warming, according to my Google News search.
Many journalists still falsely cling to a now-disproven line that no one extreme weather event can be connected to climate change. First, scientists are now directly connecting weather disasters to global warming. Second, there’s plenty we can say right now about today’s weather:
- Global warming is dramatically increasing our odds of record-breaking heat. Over the last year in America, 2.22 high temperature records were broken for every 1 cold record, according to ClimateSignals.org. As recently as the 1950s, it was still close to even at 1.09/1.
- Global warming is loading the dice for extreme weather, worsening heat waves, strengthening storms, deepening droughts, and adding fuel to wildfires.
So what should these stories say? Here’s a line that’s true & relevant for any extreme weather story, any time of year: “Scientists say this kind of record-breaking extreme weather is exactly what we can expect more of as manmade carbon pollution warms our climate.” That’s it! Easy!
One of the problems is that journalists only go to local government scientists as their sources, as the Boston Globe’s climate-silent story shows. Local government scientists have strong incentives to not say anything interesting, never mind controversial. So you get this: Read More…