To my amazement NBC news ran a report on its evening news program from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program linking Climaticide to recent extreme weather events.
There has been an increase in the frequency of heavy downpours, especially over northern states, and these are likely to continue in the future, Thomas Karl, director of the National Climatic Data Center, said in a briefing Thursday.
For example, Karl said, by the end of this century rainfall amounts expected to occur every 20 years could be taking place every five years.
Such an increase “can lead to the type of events that we are seeing in the Midwest,” said Karl, though he did not directly link the current flooding to climate change.
It was careful, scientific language, but at least it made the connection.
I’m not going to get too excited yet, but I do hope that this is a sign that the MSM is finally going to start reporting extreme weather in context, instead of as random, isolated events.
For more on how the main stream media ignores Climaticide stories check out Joe Romm’s articles on Climate Progress.