NBC's Curry Climbs 'Poster-Child' for Climate Change
Just like last year, âTodayâ hosts have ironically traveled to the âEnds of the Earth,â spewing carbon emissions all the way. (The network said it will âoffsetâ the emissions.) This year, Ann Curry has been reporting from
In a taped segment for NBC âNightly Newsâ Nov. 19 Curry presented a dire image of the volcanic glacier and connected its ice loss to climate change â presumably she meant global warming, not global cooling.
Curry also cited the âdramatic changeâ in the amount of ice on the mountain with a photographic comparison: 1980 and 2008.
But what Curry didnât tell viewers was that âmost scientists who study Kilimanjaroâs glaciers have long been uneasy with the volcanoâs poster-child status,â according to Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton.
Why were those scientists âuneasy?â Because despite its status as an âicon of global warming,â climate scientists like Philip Mote say Kilimanjaroâs melt hasnât been caused by greenhouse gases âfrom cars, power plants and factories.â
âKilimanjaro is a grossly overused mis-example of the effects of climate change,â Mote told the Seattle Times. Mote co-authored an article in the July/August 2007 edition of âAmerican Scientistâ magazine and is not exactly a global warming skeptic. He told the newspaper global warming is the cause of glacial melting around the world â just not Kilimanjaro.
According to Doughtonâs article, the ice loss on the Tanzanian glacier âseems to be driven by two factors: a lack of snowfall and sublimation.â
The glacier has also been declining for more than a century â âsince long before humans began pumping large amounts of carbon dioxide in to the atmosphereâ according to Mote.
Curry has not merely reported on the issue of climate change and global warming; she has become an advocate. In 2007 as âTodayâ ramped up for its âEnds of the Earthâ adventure, Curry declared that the âmissionâ was to âfind evidence of climate change.â
NBCâs 2008 âGreen is Universalâ week started on Nov. 16 and will continue through Nov. 22,according to an article in the Nov. 11 issue of PROMO magazine. NBC Universal will be âpresenting 150 hours of environmental programming on air and onlineâ during that time period. That will include ad spots from NBCâs on-air talent pushing eco-awareness and segments during the networksâ news coverage.