The Harper government is muzzling government scientists to stop them from interpreting extreme weather phenomena like record-shattering heatwaves, freak storms, drought and wildfires. Luckily, in this modern age of the Internet and global connectedness, Canadians can still access scientific information and knowledge. Still, the climate change-denying corporate media is another hurdle to overcome.
In the U.S., June saw more than 3,200 weather records topped. The media chose not to mention the truth. Democracy Now! tells us: “Yet during that time, with little exception, there was no mention of climate change during weather broadcasts in which viewers were told to expect little relief from steamy temperatures.”
Democracy Now! interviewed Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground. Masters tries to paint a picture of what life with the impacts of climate change will look like in the near future:
“I think it’s important for the public to hear that what we’re seeing now is the future. We’re going to be seeing a lot more weather like this, a lot more impacts like we’re seeing from this series of heatwaves, fires and storms. And we better prepare for it. We better educate people what’s going on, give the best science that’s out there on what climate change is doing and where it’s likely to head. I think we’re missing a big opportunity here—or our TV meteorologists are—to educate and tell the population what is likely to happen. This is just the beginning, this kind of summer weather we’re having.”
In a press briefing on June 28, climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer had said the weather extremes are “a window into what global warming really looks like.” They are a window to the future under climate change, according to this story in The Guardian.