Memorandum for journalists covering extreme weather in summer 2010 and links to climate change
Posted Aug. 13, 2010 / Posted by: Nick Berning
To: Journalists covering extreme and unusual weather events
Date: August 13, 2010
RE: Extreme weather in summer 2010 and links to climate change
This summer has seen extreme weather and climate events with devastating impacts across the globe. Prolonged heat in Russia and flooding in Pakistan have harmed millions of people. A chunk of ice four times the size of Manhattan has broken off from Greenland and is now adrift in the North Atlantic. In the United States, we have endured a spring of record temperatures, flooding in Tennessee and Iowa, and a drought in the West that has caused water levels at Lake Mead in Nevada to be at their lowest levels since 1956.
Some media outlets have now begun to examine the connections between the extreme weather and climate change, but this story merits more coverage and in-depth reporting. The connections between a warming climate and extreme weather are unambiguous, and the media has a duty to connect the dots.
In addition to an overall warming trend around the globe, climate change will exacerbate poor air quality, significantly decrease crop yields and the food supply, and increase instances of severe and unpredictable weather, from hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts to flashfloods and thunderstorms.
The following resources can aid in your coverage of this story:
Scientific studies, reports, and information:
Stories that address the climate-weather connection:
Opinion and editorial:
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