Media Matters for America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit geared at the research and investigation of conservative media bias. According to their study, “Scientists agree there is strong evidence that climate change has increased the intensity, frequency, and possibly the duration of extreme weather events like Dorian.”
However, you wouldn’t know that by watching the news.
The study revealed that of the three major news networks, ABC, NBC and CBS, climate change was linked to Dorian only one time out of 216 segments across the stations on the topic of the storm. CBS is credited with airing a single segment on Dorian and climate change.
After Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, U.K. news publication, The Guardian, reported what we already know—warm water increases the intensity of storm winds.
That said, something we may not know is a new study shows the Atlantic Basin is having more, high-intensity storms, year over year.
The revelation may come as no surprise to Floridians who weathered Category 5 hurricanes like Michael, Irma and Dorian over the course of a couple of years. But the scientific link should have those living in coastal areas questioning the root of the issue.
According to the Media Matters study, “Dorian rapidly intensified to become a Category 5. In fact, Dorian is one of the strongest storms to make landfall ever recorded in the Atlantic, and it’s the strongest storm ever to hit the Bahamas. And warmer ocean water and air means this rapid intensification is happening more frequently.”
The link between extreme weather and climate change is worth discussing, at least that’s what Media Matters thinks.
If trends continue as projected, Floridians can expect to weather more intense storms in years to come. But if Hurricane Dorian coverage is any indicator, we may not be asking the right question—why?