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THE NEUTRAL ZONE

A new study suggests the destructive heat wave that’s hit the pacific northwest and Canada would not have been possible without climate change. 

The study by an international team of 27 scientists determined the late June triple-digit heat wave would not have happened in our lifetime. The team also called the weather a once-in-a-millennium event, even with our warming planet, but said the heat could occur every decade for the next 50 years if carbon emissions remain the same. 

The event “raises serious questions whether we really understand how climate change is making heat waves hotter and more deadly,” said Geert Jan van Oldenborgh, a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.

Multiple cities in Oregon, Washington and Canadian provinces recorded temperatures well above 104 degrees, evaporating all-time records. The “heat dome” killed hundreds of residents in the area and probably more than 1 billion marine animals, including so many mussels that a Vancouver beach crunched as visitors walked on the sanda. 

The new study has not been peer reviewed, although the method scientists used to reach their conclusions has, with computer models that can show how decades of warming affected the planet. These scientific methods would not have been possible even a decade ago. The quick study does have doubters, including those who expressed concern over what they call a “rapid attribution” connecting a single event to climate change. 

President Joe Biden urged action on the climate during a Wednesday speech promoting his “build back America” infrastructure plan, stating that “we can’t wait any longer to deal with climate crisis.” The recent heat wave also prompted The Weather Channel, the largest media company devoted solely to weather coverage, to “double down” on climate change coverage. 

“We intend to do that now,” said chief content officer Nora Zimmett. “American sentiment only recently caught up with the urgency of the issue. Years ago, our audience didn’t want to hear about it. They are much more interested in it now.”

MEDIA PERSPECTIVES

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Climate Scientists Aren’t Too Hot on Fox’s Weather Channel – The Daily Beast – 7/8/2021
Top climate scientists aren’t so hot about the idea of the parent company of Fox News launching a new weather channel. After all, Fox News’ most popular hosts keep referring to climate change as a “con” and a “fiction.”

Summer Travel Is Back. Earth Can’t Handle It. – New York Times – 7/8/2021
Tourism should not return to anything like its old, profligate normal. The pandemic has presented the world with an opportunity to reset how we tour this planet, and we should reach for it.

Why The Green Transition Can’t Happen Without Natural Gas – Forbes – 7/7/2021
Gas was long hailed as a “transition” fuel from hydrocarbons to renewables. Given what we know about poverty, gas should be around for decades.

Space Billionaires, Please Read the Room – The Atlantic – 7/7/2021
Could there be a worse time for two über-rich rocket owners to take a quick jaunt toward the dark? Especially in the United States, the climate crisis is now actually starting to feel like a crisis

How to Live in a Climate ‘Permanent Emergency’ – Intelligencer – 7/8/2021
Each striking the dry tinder that those in the West now know to call “fuel” and the rest of the world, watching an agonizing drought and heat event unfold, is learning to call just “the West.” A tinderbox half a continent wide.

As Gas Prices Spike 40 Percent Under Biden, These Hollywood Celebrities Are Pushing Him to Shut Down More Pipelines – Breitbart – 7/8/2021
Left-wing Hollywood stars including Mark Ruffalo, Jane Fonda, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Helms, Danny Glover, and Rosanna Arquette are putting pressure on President Joe Biden to shut down all “fossil fuel infrastructure expansion,” claiming it represents an “attack” on the climate and indigenous rights. Their demands come as gas prices are spiking around the country.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVES

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