15 Aug '11, 2pm

Mainstream Media Mostly Miss Climate Connection in Their Extreme Weather Reporting

Mainstream Media Mostly Miss Climate Connection in Their Extreme Weather Reporting

By mid-June, more than 1,000 tornadoes had killed 536 people (NOAA, 6/13/11), nearly as many deaths as in the entire preceding decade. And it was only natural to ask: Were we seeing the effects of climate change? Most scientists would say yes, or at least "probably." The Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change [sic], a global scientific body that has been a target of conservatives despite a record of soft-pedaling its findings to avoid controversy (Extra!, 7/8/07), warned on February 2, 2007, "It is very likely that hot extremes, heat waves and heavy precipitation events will continue to become more frequent." (In science-speak, "very likely" refers to a certainty of greater than 90 percent, and is as near as you get to a definitive conclusion.) Other forecasts (e.g., Environment America, 9/8/10) have projected that wet regions will receive record rainfall thanks to increa...

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