The Weather Channel has launched a year-long digital series focused on climate change throughout the US. Called “United States of Climate Change,” the project will look into how climate change has effected each one of the 50 states.
The series will include elements such as editorial content, videos, photo essays and a digital graphic novel.
"While much of the conversation on climate change focuses on the fake scientific debate or the contentious politics, there are real Americans affected by the changing environment in very substantial and immediate ways," said Neil Katz, editor-in-chief, The Weather Channel, in a statement. "Those are the stories we want to tell. Some are tragic. Some are heroic. But they're all cliffhangers because nobody knows how this chapter in human history will end."
The first stories of the series focus on Idaho, Maine and New Jersey.
According to an editors’ note, they said, “To engage in a debate about the reality of climate change is to deny that there is a remarkably wide – and sincere – consensus among those who study the subject most intently. The basic mechanism of climate change was described in 1896, and while the climate system is wickedly complicated, humans’ understanding of climate change and the factors which might alter or mitigate it has only grown over the past century. … Americans are already feeling the impacts of climate change. We’re feeling it in raised temperatures and unusual weather patterns, true, but also in things like a shifting economic landscape and coastal regions that seem to be altering by the moment. We’re going to tell a story for every state in the nation. We’re going to talk to people.”
In Idaho, the legislature recently voted to remove the requirement to teach climate science to the state's students. In this video, called “Far from Standard,” they will look to answer: how did the state get here and what happens next? In Maine, climate change is effecting lobsters and their natural cycles, which has helped the economy. In a video called “The Lobster Prince,” they look to answer: Will it stay that way? The third and final installment thus far, shows how the sea level rising and the saltification in New Jersey are effecting the Pine Barrens in “Ghosts of the Pine Barrens.”