Media Reporting On India’s Weather Repeats Doomsday Talking Points
At 39 degrees Fahrenheit, India’s capital of Delhi experienced one of the coldest winter nights this year on December 27.
The region is home to 32 million people, with millions of them having no access to heating in their homes. Neighboring states recorded below-freezing temperatures.
In contrast, nearly all of metro New York’s population of 18 million has home heating. Delhi’s situation would be considered a humanitarian crisis in the U.S. [emphasis, links added]
Indian media’s attitude is to generally shrug off such winter events as an aberration of weather while treating high summer temperatures as proof of catastrophic climate change.
You see, Delhi, an ancient city that has been subjected to many invasions over the last thousand years, has recently been invaded by climate alarmism.
Every year, media outlets are quick to jump on summer hot spells. Even news outlets in the U.S. have begun reporting to audiences ignorant of India’s realities the occasionally extreme heat of the subcontinent as proof of dangerous global warming.
While city thermometers do at times record exceedingly high temperatures, the usual cause is the well-known urban heat island – a phenomenon that gets a boost even from the exhausts of air conditioning units in densely packed residential areas.
Usually ignored by the media is that summer heat is generally less dangerous than winter cold. There are multiple ways to adapt to heat. Increasing water consumption, limiting exposure to heat, weatherproofing roofs, and increasing green spaces are among them.
However, adaptation to cold usually requires a reliable heating source, something that is not readily available to the poorest in developing countries.
Observers like me have been pointing out record-breaking cold weather in the country’s capital year after year. A 100-year-old record for low temperatures was registered in recent years.
The lack of logic in media reports is often stunning. Not long ago, alarmists claimed that snow would be a thing of the past. Today, many of them say global warming will cause excessive snowing. Excuse me while I scratch my head.
Consider the current winter in the U.S.: Climate commentator Tony Heller points out that the media change their logic to suit the alarmist narrative.
The New York Times, for example, says “the polar vortex is caused by global warming and melting Arctic sea ice.” However, in 1978, the same paper “blamed the polar vortex on global cooling and expanding Arctic sea ice.”
Expect the contradictions of alarmists’ pronouncements and media reports to increase in the coming days.
Weather events of virtually all manner will be presented as evidence for a coming apocalypse spawned by man-made global warming.
The objective is not to shed light on the actual cause and effects of weather or climate but rather to add to a ridiculous doomsday vision.
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