Climate Change on NBC

I’ve been frustrated that the mainstream news media has continued to remain silent on climate change, even in the face of record temperatures, massive wildfires, flooding, and changing precipitation patterns.

Finally yesterday NBC’s weatherman Al Roker delivered a lecture on climate change on the Today Show, citing the Meteorological Society’s annual State of the Climate report:

AL ROKER: Hey, good morning, guys. And we’ve seen a lot of climate change going on, and of course, the American Meteorological Society issues a State of the Climate report every year. 2017, we’ve had record-high amounts of carbon dioxide concentration, highest levels in the ice core samples that they take that date back 800,000 years. Carbon dioxide growth at 400% since the 1960s.

Sea level rise, it’s the highest on record for global sea level rise, rising at 1.2 inches per decade, which, of course, causes flooding along the coast.

A warming planet. It’s the warmest non-El Nino year on record, the third warmest year overall. In fact, the last four years have been the warmest on record.

And of course, that leads to melting sea ice. Arctic sea ice is at a maximum record low and the lowest daily value on record. All told, it just shows that we’re seeing more climate change continuing at a rapid pace.

Summaries from the State of the Climate Report:

Climate report 2018 events 1

Record high temperatures are occurring all over the globe, but are especially being felt in places like North Korea, that has very little air conditioning.

“This week, the North Korean government called record-high temperatures in the country ‘an unprecedented natural disaster’. The official Korea Central News Agency reported Friday that the temperature had reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and that the entire country was now working in a campaign to prevent damage to crops.”

“Since the end of July, many countries in East Asia have been racked by persistently high temperatures. The Japanese city of Kumagaya, 40 miles from Tokyo, on July 23 recorded that nation’s highest-ever temperature, 106 degrees Fahrenheit. South Korea set its own record this week in the southern city of Daegu, which reached 105.7 degrees.”

Our own power grid infrastructure is fragile. Spikes in demand from air conditioners on hot days have produced brown- and black-outs in the past. There are also reports of the potential for cyber attacks aimed at our power systems. Imagine the consequences of no air conditioning on days with triple digit temperatures.


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