A year-long PBS ‘NewsHour’ series on climate change comes to a smooth landing in a piece dealing with issues facing winter sports interests. PBS says coverage of climate change won’t end here.
PBS’s flagship nightly ‘NewsHour’ concluded its year-long “Coping with Climate Change” project February 27 with a final installment dealing with how a nationwide decline in snowfall averages is affecting the skiing industry.
Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan reported that visits to skiing areas were down 15 percent in 2012, and that low snowfall winters can cost the U.S. between 13,000 and 27,000 jobs, representing $800 million in unrealized revenue.
“You don’t know if you’re going to have good snow,” champion skier Chris Davenport said on air. “You don’t know if it’s going to come early or late, or if the spring is going to become warm, and the season is going to end prematurely. We just don’t have that dependability anymore.”
For those who didn’t see the final installment, or who want to review any of the previous segments in the Rockefeller Foundation-funded series, PBS has the broadcasts available online:
- Drought caused by a decreasing water supply in Texas
- Rising sea levels threatening Native American tribes in Louisiana
- Warming water endangering salmon fisheries in the Northwest
- Michigan’s cherry harvest, destroyed by early season warm weather followed by frost
- Chicago’s fight against extreme urban heat
- The struggle to teach climate change in schools
- Ocean acidification and how it impacts coral reefs
- The declining health of oysters in the Northwest
The “NewsHour” climate series, and its climate coverage overall, generally has gotten good grades from those accepting what is generally considered to be the evidence-based science on the issue, while frequently raising the ire of climate “skeptics.” One segment, however, provoked widespread criticism from the scientific community and from those wanting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eventually leading PBS ombudsman Michael Getler to conclude that that particular broadcast had “stumbled badly.”
PBS said in a statement that although this series has concluded, “NewsHour” will continue covering climate change both on air and online.