This article discusses the need for better reporting on the climate risks from the polar vortex. The late January deep freeze across much of the U.S. offers a valuable ‘teachable moment’ for media: Polar vortex heightens risks from climate change.
Americans watched toward the end of January as winter storm Jayden plunged much of the country (including parts of the Midwest where I live) to record-breaking low temperatures.
The extreme cold upended daily life, closed schools and universities, and disrupted mail service in 10 states and air travel around the country. Meanwhile, Australia experienced its hottest January on record.