"Climate news roundup, Weather Channel edition"
Western Wildfires Fan Flames Over Links Between Climate Change, Drought And Wildfires — Weather Channel blog. “Already more than four million acres have burned this season, about a million more than the 10-year average. This is especially alarming since in many areas the fire season hasn’t reached its traditional peak…. [R]ecent climate and wildfire research indicates that global warming likely is playing some part in exacerbating both drought and wildfire conditions in some areas and may exert a more heavy-handed influence in the near-future.
Into the Limelight, and the Politics of Global Warming – New York Times. This is a good feature on Heidi Cullen, “the only climatologist with a PhD in the country who has her own weekly show, Forecast Earth — airing Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. ET.” Heidi on the perils of blogging:
Last December, I wrote a blog about how reticent some broadcast meteorologists are about reporting on climate change. Meteorologists — they are the forecasters — have training in atmospheric science. Many are certified by the American Meteorological Society. I suggested there’s a disconnect when they use their A.M.S. seal for on-camera credibility and refuse to give viewers accurate information on climate. The society has a very clear statement saying that global warming is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels.
The next thing I knew, I was being denounced on the Web sites of Senator James Inhofe, Matt Drudge and Rush Limbaugh. The Weather Channel’s own Web site got about 4,000 e-mails in one day, mostly angry. Some went, ‘Listen here, weather girl, just give me my five-day forecast and shut up.’