If you are reading this and are familiar with Climate Connections, none of this will be news to you. Climate change and weather patterns are inextricably linked. The mainstream media is a mixed bag of tepid reporting on climate change. This weekend, in the teeth of one of the worst storms to hit the region in history, the Buffalo News published an article describing how the huge lake effect snowstorm connects to warming global temperatures and climate change.
The storm has turned much of our Buffalo, New York community (home offices of Global Justice Ecology Project) into a disaster area.
Buffalo News readers were exposed to a rare chance to engage an article that links their current situation with significant climate change issues, including a futures analysis. Even though the article contains the apparently mandatory disclaimer that “[this] doesn’t mean you can attribute last week’s storm to climate change,” the roadmap described makes it clear that you can.
We applaud the Buffalo News and News Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Zremski on this terrific article. We also note and urge you to read the comments section at this linked article. Many, from climate deniers, are both amusing and sadly reflective of how and why we are facing the current spiral that in Buffalo this time has cost human lives and hundreds of millions of dollars.
By Jerry Zremski, Buffalo News. 22 November, 2014
Brace yourself. November’s white nightmare could become a recurring bad dream of varying intensity.
While last week’s winter blast appears to be the freak offspring of a typhoon-blasted jet stream and a warm Lake Erie, it’s also part of a long-term pattern that shows no sign of changing.