President Trump’s announcement that he will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord has been met with no shortage of fierce blowback — from former President Barack Obama, CEOs, city mayors, and now the Weather Channel.
Right after Trump shared his decision in the White House Rose Garden, Weather.com ceded its prime homepage real estate to explaining why, and how, this could have serious consequences for Earth going forward:
Underneath the news story about Trump pulling out of the climate agreement, Weather.com lined up some pithy — and scathing — responses. “So, What Happens to Earth Now?” explains the possible ramifications of leaving the accord, concluding that it “could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air each year.”
If you “Still Don’t Care” and want “Proof You Should,” the site directs you to a feature on how increasing sea level rise is devastating New Jersey’s Pine Barrens.
Need “more proof”? How about an in-depth look at how climate change is already affecting Minnesota?
The site’s overall despair regarding Trump’s call is particularly sharp in an article on one of the Antarctic’s most pronounced ice rifts to date, with Brian Kahn writing that “it’s the latest dreary news from the icy underbelly of the planet, which has seen warm air and water reshape the landscape in profound ways.”
In short: Weather.com is not optimistic about the ripple effects to come in the wake of Trump’s decision, and would like to inform its readers that they shouldn’t be either.