September 8, 2017 by John Crapper
It’s Friday afternoon September 8th and I’ve been listening quite extensively to both CNN and MSNBC for hours since early morning. There has been non-stop coverage of Hurricane Irma. There have been numerous descriptions of how unprecedented this storm is. Astounding figures of storm surge, size, wind speed and damage estimates. Every possible aspect of the storm has been covered repeatedly and exhaustively. Every aspect except one that is.
I’ve yet to hear the words climate change uttered one time. That’s right. Not even one time on either network. To me that is the most astounding aspect of their coverage.
How hard would it be to put together just one report on the effect of this element of the storm’s strength. It’s not even that hard to put it into a little recent historical context for viewers to grasp. Let me just take a moment and give them a sample template to use.
One aspect of this storm that we must mention is climate change. It’s not only making Irma more powerful and intense but we’re seeing the same phenomenon happening more frequently all around the globe.