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'Dirty Weather Report' Sparks Action on Climate Change

The 24-hour webcast includes panel discussions with scientists, elected officials, business leaders and activists. It takes viewers around the globe to witness the impact of climate change. (Climate Reality Project)The 24-hour webcast includes panel discussions with scientists, elected officials, business leaders and activists. It takes viewers around the globe to witness the impact of climate change. (Climate Reality Project)
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The 24-hour webcast includes panel discussions with scientists, elected officials, business leaders and activists. It takes viewers around the globe to witness the impact of climate change. (Climate Reality Project)
The 24-hour webcast includes panel discussions with scientists, elected officials, business leaders and activists. It takes viewers around the globe to witness the impact of climate change. (Climate Reality Project)
Rosanne Skirble

An all-day live webcast is connecting people around the globe.  It’s called the Dirty Weather Report and features noted climate scientists, public officials, business leaders, activists and celebrities and just local people like Dawa Sherpa, a South Asian mountain guide who describes how warming temperatures have changed the landscape in his Himalayan community.

“In my father’s time they used to have a glacier up there and that’s where the fresh water used to come from.  The ice would melt and it would come down, these little streams here," he said.  "But now there is no glacier so the ice is melting.  Now our village is suffering chronic water shortages.”

The webcast follows a similar online program last year sponsored by the Climate Reality Project. The group was founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in 2006 to counter myths about climate change.

Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. Total damage is expected to be in the billions of dollars. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project)Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. Total damage is expected to be in the billions of dollars. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project)
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Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. Total damage is expected to be in the billions of dollars. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project)
Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. The storm left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power. Total damage is expected to be in the billions of dollars. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project)
President and CEO, Maggie Fox, says this year’s program focuses on the connection between climate change and extreme weather events, such as ‘superstorm’ Sandy, which in late October left dozens dead, thousands homeless and millions without power on America’s East Coast.

“Sandy was not created by climate change, but the fact that sea level rise has increased the destructiveness of it, the warming oceans has a great deal to do with scope, the breadth and the ferocity of the storm," she said.  "What we are looking at is existing weather made much more severe as a result of changes that are occurring in our climate.”

Hour-by-Hour Climate Trip Around the Planet

The Dirty Weather Report takes viewers on an hour-by-hour trip around the planet to witness the impact of record-breaking temperatures, historic droughts, crushing floods and devastating wildfires.

Fox says that by encouraging people to log in and join with family, friends and others in a global internet community, the project hopes to generate conversations about climate beyond today’s event.

“We actually have created over 70 videos and a bunch of other avenues for people to take a pledge, to share that pledge to open up this conversation and really begin to broaden it at a global level,” she said.

Climate Change on Post-Election Agenda

Little mention was made of climate change during the recent U.S. presidential campaign, but President Barack Obama addressed the issue Wednesday in his first news conference since his re-election.  He told reporters the U.S. intends to combat global warming in concert with other nations, but he added, a climate change agenda that ignores economic realities won’t work.

“If on the other hand we can shape an agenda that says we can create jobs, advance growth, and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader, I think that’s something that the American people would support,” he said.

Like the Climate Reality Project’s 24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report, President Obama hopes to promote more discussion on climate change in the coming weeks and months by engaging scientists, engineers and elected officials.  The U.S. will also join international negotiators at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar later this month.

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by: cryg dyllyn from: chicago
November 26, 2012 1:52 AM
Obama should also say "a climate change agenda that bows to economic interests will not work." Unfortunately, he will not fight for this. Nature, meanwhile, will just carry on. Methane is being released in huge amounts now, and it is 100 times more potent than CO2. CO2 levels already match the Pliocene levels when the oceans were 75 ft deeper. I do not believe we have the ability now to stop a rise of at least 10 feet by 2150. We are in for quite a ride.

by: HIrose from: Japan
November 16, 2012 8:03 PM
CO2 emmision is believed to connect with climate change but we don't fully understande the mechanism of global climate. Discussing only CO2 emission would mislead our countermeasures to deal with ongoing change of global climate change which causes disasters worldwide.

by: mememine69 from: Toronto
November 16, 2012 8:26 AM
"Help my planet could be on fire maybe!"

Yes all of science agrees climate change is real but all of science does not agree it is a REAL crisis and none of the IPCC warnings say it will happen; only “could” happen.
You remaining believers should be happy, not disappointed that climate change crisis was exaggerated thus avoiding a death by CO2 for billions of children.
And no Billy, you can't have a little, tiny, catastrophic climate crisis. It's not a crisis. It's not real. Rejoice!

Not one single IPCC warning isn’t peppered with maybe and could be and likely and……… This needless fear mongering of CO2 isn’t helping anyone or the planet.

Proof of no Crisis: There are millions of people in the global scientific community who are not acting like their kids were condemned as well to the greenhouse gas ovens of the climate change exaggeration.


How many climate blame scientists to change a bulb?
None but they have consensus that it will change.
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by: cryg dyllyn from: chicago
November 26, 2012 1:59 AM
The IPCC is a joke. Their forecasts did not take into account known impacts and feedbacks. Their forecast for ocean rise by 2100 just took into account ocean rise from increased ocean temps. Ridiculous. They did not take into account CO2 and CH4 emissions from permafrost, or CH4 emissions from clathrates. They did not take into account increased warming from CO2 going to 600 ppm by 2100.

Far from being a fear monger, the IPCC basically white washed the climate change topic. They made it appear as something not needing immediate attention, or even any attention at all.

Personally, I think we have already passed the so-called tipping point. I don't think we can stop it now,.

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