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Why can’t weather reporters say the words “climate change” when they talk about extreme weather?

Check out this video satire of network television, its lack of coverage of climate change, and a weather person who says enough is enough. Featuring Kai Nagata, former writer-in-residence of The Tyee.

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  1. rabbit
    September 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    ‘Why can’t weather reporters say the words “climate change” when they talk about extreme weather?”

    Because weather is not climate.

    It’s not possible to point to any one event and say “that’s due to man-made climate change.”

    • September 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      I absolutely agree. But at the same time, climate influences the weather and climate scientists have for years been predicting precisely the kind of extreme weather the world has been experiencing lately as a result of anthropegenic climate change. Are the unprecedented heat waves, droughts, flooding and hurricanes all simply a coincidence? Perhaps, but I somehow doubt it. I think this is the point of the satirical video: the seeming reluctance or inability of weather reporters to connect the dots from the increased probability of extreme weather events to climate change.

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