Miriam O’Callaghan was joined on Prime Time last night by leading climate expert, Peter Thorne to discuss Storm Barra as the country is in for another day of extreme conditions.
The eye of the storm is still making its way over the country, and officials continue to warn the public of the dangers associated with it – from fallen trees to flooding and low-hanging electrical wires.
And while the story was one of the topics of conversation on Prime Time this evening, viewers were not happy about one question posed by Miriam O’Callaghan.
During the show, she asked Mr. Thorne; “Are we going to see more storms like this because of climate change?”
To which he responded saying: “This is one of the areas where we really have very low confidence.
“The intergovernmental panel on climate change says we have low confidence, because firstly they have not become more frequent.
“There’s no real evidence of that and there is no real evidence of a human influence … but that doesn’t mean regionally we can’t have more storms potentially into the future because the storm track might change.
“So globally the picture is very ambivalent, regionally it is even more uncertain.”
Viewers of the show were quick to slam the RTE presenter for “blaming” the storm on climate change, and one person said: “Full credit to Professor Peter Thorne for not taking the easy route of blaming Storm Barra on climate change, despite the best efforts of the presenter.”
Another wrote: “RTE Prime Time really hoping for Storm Barra to be blamed on climate change. Professor put her straight.”
A third viewer went as far as to say that the show should have used their time to discuss something of more importance. They wrote: “Firstly, Storm Barra is a relatively average winter storm which we have had forever.
“Secondly, there is a multitude of bigger issues affecting us that our main current affairs show should be covering.”
It was confirmed moments before the segment that Dublin schools would close as status yellow warnings are due to be upgraded tonight.
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