Weather Channel turns up the heat after climate change claim

The Weather Channel came out firing today after Breitbart used a video of one of its meteorologists to claim that the earth is cooling.

Breitbart said global land temperatures are dropping, thus disproving all of the — accurate — claims that this is the hottest year on record.

In response today, the Weather Channel conducted a science class.

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee shared the Breitbart report on its Twitter account last Thursday.

“The next time you write a climate change article and need fact checking help, please call,” The Weather Channel said.

  • mememine

    Trump On Climate Change;
    “No more redneck science! NASA must say their planet flattening crisis is as real as they say the planet isn’t flat or all climate change funding and policies will terminate.”

    On Energy;
    “Smog Warning Days have been rare for decades in N. America leaving fracking’s abundance of oil and clean burning natural gas a true blessing so all funding for wind and solar will terminate in January.”

  • RBHolb

    I am shocked–shocked!–to see that Breitbart News would distort facts in an effort to mislead the public.

  • Gary Leatherman

    d-a-a-a-a-ang. Good on them! Never could stand their nonstop clickbait video ads but this is one I can watch again and again. I have all new respect for them. Well done Weather Channel!

  • Will

    Now explain how this is a bad, or a horrible thing in Minnesota or anywhere north of 40 degrees latitude.

    • LifebloodMN

      A drop of about 4 degrees C and we’re entering an ice age. No thanks

    • Jeff C.

      Please read this – https://www.wunderground.com/climate/facts/negative_impacts.asp

      Does global warming have an upside?

      Science says: Negative impacts of global warming on agriculture, health, and environment far outweigh any positives.

      Agriculture

      While CO2 is essential for plant growth, all agriculture
      depends also on steady water supplies, and climate change is likely to
      disrupt those supplies through floods and droughts. It has been
      suggested that higher latitudes—Siberia, for example—may become
      productive due to global warming, but the soil in Arctic and bordering
      territories is very poor, and the amount of sunlight reaching the ground
      in summer will not change because it is governed by the tilt of the
      earth. Agriculture can also be disrupted by wildfires and changes in
      seasonal periodicity, which is already taking place, and changes to
      grasslands and water supplies could impact grazing and welfare of
      domestic livestock. Increased warming may also have a greater effect on
      countries whose climate is already near or at a temperature limit over
      which yields reduce or crops fail—in the tropics or sub-Sahara, for
      example.

      Health

      Warmer winters would mean fewer deaths, particularly among
      vulnerable groups like the aged. However, the same groups are also
      vulnerable to additional heat, and deaths attributable to heat waves are
      expected to be approximately five times as great as winter deaths
      prevented. It is widely believed that warmer climes will encourage
      migration of disease-bearing insects like mosquitoes and malaria is
      already appearing in places it hasn’t been seen before.

      Polar Melting

      While the opening of a year-round ice free Arctic passage between
      the Atlantic and Pacific oceans would confer some commercial benefits,
      these are considerably outweighed by the negatives. Detrimental effects
      include loss of polar bear habitat and increased mobile ice hazards to
      shipping. The loss of ice albedo (the reflection of heat), causing the
      ocean to absorb more heat, is also a positive feedback; the warming
      waters increase glacier and Greenland ice cap melt, as well as raising
      the temperature of Arctic tundra, which then releases methane, a very
      potent greenhouse gas (methane is also released from the sea-bed, where
      it is trapped in ice-crystals called clathrates). Melting of the
      Antarctic ice shelves is predicted to add further to sea-level rise with
      no benefits accruing.

      Ocean Acidification

      A cause for considerable concern, there appear to be no benefits to
      the change in pH of the oceans. This process is caused by additional CO2 being absorbed in the water, and may have severe destabilizing effects on the entire oceanic food-chain.

      Melting Glaciers

      The effects of glaciers melting are largely detrimental, the
      principle impact being that many millions of people (one-sixth of the
      world’s population) depend on fresh water supplied each year by natural
      spring melt and regrowth cycles and those water supplies—drinking water,
      agriculture—may fail.

      Sea Level Rise

      Many parts of the world are low-lying and will be severely affected
      by modest sea rises. Rice paddies are being inundated with salt water,
      which destroys the crops. Seawater is contaminating rivers as it mixes
      with fresh water further upstream, and aquifers are becoming polluted.
      Given that the IPCC did not include melt-water from the Greenland and
      Antarctic ice-caps due to uncertainties at that time, estimates of
      sea-level rise are feared to considerably underestimate the scale of the
      problem. There are no proposed benefits to sea-level rise.

      Environmental

      Positive effects of climate change may include greener rain forests
      and enhanced plant growth in the Amazon, increased vegetation in
      northern latitudes and possible increases in plankton biomass in some
      parts of the ocean. Negative responses may include further growth of
      oxygen poor ocean zones, contamination or exhaustion of fresh water,
      increased incidence of natural fires, extensive vegetation die-off due
      to droughts, increased risk of coral extinction, decline in global
      photo-plankton, changes in migration patterns of birds and animals,
      changes in seasonal periodicity, disruption to food chains and species
      loss.

      Economic

      The economic impacts of climate change may be catastrophic, while
      there have been very few benefits projected at all. The Stern report
      made clear the overall pattern of economic distress, and while the
      specific numbers may be contested, the costs of climate change were far
      in excess of the costs of preventing it. Certain scenarios projected in
      the IPCC AR4 report would witness massive migration as low-lying
      countries were flooded. Disruptions to global trade, transport, energy
      supplies and labour markets, banking and finance, investment and
      insurance, would all wreak havoc on the stability of both developed and
      developing nations. Markets would endure increased volatility and
      institutional investors such as pension funds and insurance companies
      would experience considerable difficulty.

      Developing countries, some of which are already embroiled in
      military conflict, may be drawn into larger and more protracted disputes
      over water, energy supplies or food, all of which may disrupt economic
      growth at a time when developing countries are beset by more egregious
      manifestations of climate change. It is widely accepted that the
      detrimental effects of climate change will be visited largely on the
      countries least equipped to adapt, socially or economically.

    • KTN

      It may or may not be a bad thing, but it’s not happening. 25 years ago if you said you wanted to plant hardwoods on forest land close the the BWCA, you would have been laughed out of the woods. Today, not so much, hardwoods like warmth.

      After a large blowdown in the mid- 90’s, researchers have been successfully planting and growing hardwoods. The boreal forest is moving north, and in another generation, the Arrowhead region will look substantively different than it does now.

    • Rob

      You’re right. There aren’t any glaciers in your neighborhood, and there’s no ocean front here, so what can possibly happen to you if ocean levels rise as the glaciers melt? And if the ocean’s fisheries crash from rising temps due to climate change, you can just eat more beef, chicken and pork. And since you don’t live in a developing country, where the impacts of climate change are likely to be hugely disruptive, you’ll be able to shrug and exclaim, like Alfred E. Newman,”What, me worry?”

      • Tim

        Assuming the increased tornadoes and hailstorms don’t shred your house to kindling, of course.

    • Tim

      Why don’t you ask the USN and USCGS, for starters? Turns out they have quite a few thoughts about the implications of decreased Arctic ice, to say nothing of rising ocean levels.

    • KariBemidji
    • DavidG

      The decimation of the walleye, and moose populations. The loss of other cold water species in Lake Superior The spread of Zika virus to latitudes where it’s mosquito species vector used to not inhabit because it was too cold, The decline of the pine and fir forests in Northern Minnesota.

      There’s lots more like the loss of Arctic ice impacting ocean currents too.

    • Ben

      Do you think people in the severely affected areas of the world are just going to stay there and die? They’ll be coming for your backyard and clean drinking water.

      • Will

        We have 10,000+ lakes and the Mississippi River, cmon over… we’re going to have highs in the low single digits next week if you want a taste of winter.

  • Robert Moffitt

    All I know is it’s plenty warm where Andrew Breitbart is right now.

  • ttseim

    I have a little less than full endorsement of this because she works for the government