Feel the Heat: 2008 NOAA Study Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change

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A 2008 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association report links extreme weather -- intense heat waves, rain and snow storms -- to climate change, and predicts more, and more frequent, severe weather events.



"Feel the Heat: 2008 NOAA Study Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change." Anne Thompson, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 19 June 2008. NBC Learn. Web. 18 November 2017.


Thompson, A. (Reporter), & Curry, A. (Anchor). (2008, June 19). Feel the Heat: 2008 NOAA Study Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change. [Television series episode]. NBC Nightly News. Retrieved from https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=40347


"Feel the Heat: 2008 NOAA Study Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change" NBC Nightly News, New York, NY: NBC Universal, 06/19/2008. Accessed Sat Nov 18 2017 from NBC Learn: https://archives.nbclearn.com/portal/site/k-12/browse/?cuecard=40347


Feel the Heat: 2008 NOAA Study Links Extreme Weather to Climate Change

ANN CURRY, anchor:

NOAA, an agency that studies climate. It's out with--out with the first comprehensive government report linking extreme weather to man-made climate change. NBC's chief environmental correspondent Anne Thompson reports.

ANNE THOMPSON reporting:

This is America's forecast: more torrential rains, more sweltering heat waves and fewer cold snaps. That's the future, this is now.

Mr. TOM KARL (NOAA National Climatic Data Center Director): The bottom line of this report is that observe changes in weather and climate extremes are occurring today. We expect them to continue to occur in the future.

THOMPSON: Six of the last 10 years had average temperatures that rank in the top 10 percent of the hottest on record. The Southwest, parched from a decade long drought, the worst this country's seen in half a century, will get no relief because of even less rain in the winter. Where there are rain and snowstorm, they will be more intense. If greenhouse gases increase at the middle range of projections, heavy precipitation that now happens every 20 years could happen every eight by the end of the century over much of eastern North America. The forests in the Western U.S. and Canada are already under attack from forest beetles, thriving because of warmer summers and the lack of very cold winters. The result, trees destroyed over an area 50 times larger than affected by forest fires, with five times the economic impact.

Professor ROBERT KAUFMANN (Boston University): Extreme weather causes all kinds of extreme expenditures.

THOMPSON: And we will have less time to recover and adapt to a changing climate because these severe events will happen more frequently.

Professor JEFFREY SACHS (Columbia University, The Earth Institute

Director): Climate change is not about the distant future. It's not about poor countries. It's about the whole world now and in the future.

THOMPSON: Yes, these are projections; but the government team of 35 scientists, after having gone through thousands of studies, says it is very likely to happen, projections the team makes with 90 percent certainty. Ann:

CURRY: Anne Thompson tonight. Anne, thank you.