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ABC News Talks to Climate Scientists About Extreme Winter and Climate Change

ABC News (again!) delivers quality climate and weather reporting to a mainstream nightly news audience. Their secret: talking to climate scientists.

Just last week, I was bemoaning the fact that a measly two-minute report on ABC World News was the best example of mainstream climate reporting around. Well, good news! ABC News has struck again, with a smart report last Friday about this winter's extreme weather, and how it is linked to climate change. Here's the report:

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Listen carefully and you'll hear something new and novel in climate reporting:

ABC news contacted ten climate scientists to ask their take, if the extreme winter like the one we’re having is the way of the future.

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On Climate Progress, Joe Romm has figured out "the secret of their accurate reporting":

The dividing line between good climate reporting and bad climate reporting is almost always whether the reporter talked to real climate scientists. Typically, the more a reporter talks to, the better the story. It is very hard to get the story wrong if you talk to several of the leading climate scientists in any specific subfield.

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And what was "their take?"

The consensus: global warming is playing a role by shifting weather patterns in unpredictable ways. Many say the forecast for the future calls for record-breaking precipitation and extreme temperatures year-round—and that means winter with more snow.

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Two well-rounded, level reports on climate and weather in a couple of weeks? So far this year, ABC's the clear standout for network nightly news coverage.

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