CNN's chief climate correspondent purportedly flew more than 6,000 miles to report on climate change.
On Wednesday, CNN correspondent Bill Weir appeared on "CNN This Morning," reporting from the Tierra de Fuego region of Argentina, the southern tip of South America. In his report, Weir bemoaned the shrinking Antarctic ice cap.
"But while we're here we got this news out of the National Snow and Ice Center in Colorado that for the second year in a row the South Pole is shrinking. The ice down here is shrinking," Weir reported. "What is troubling about this is the speed that it has declined. Just to give you some perspective, in the early 2000s, it looked like Antarctica was growing even as the Arctic was shrinking in alarming ways, and scientists weren't sure why.
"In 2014, the sea ice around Antarctica: 7 million square miles. Now, less than a decade later, it's under 700,000 square miles – so that's a 90% drop," he explained.
Show anchor Don Lemon followed up by asking Weir what, if anything, can be done to slow down the melting.
The answer? According to Weir, humanity must stop spewing carbon into the atmosphere.
"It's the same answer has been for generations. The faster we can move away from fuels that burn, in the speediest and most equitable way possible, the less horrible this gets," Weir told Lemon.
"That's the only way right now. And not only stopping it at the source but pulling carbon out of the sea and sky," he continued. "Carbon removal is going to be the biggest industry you've never heard of as people come to grips with the enormity of this."
If not burning fuels or putting more carbon into the atmosphere is the anecdote to melting ice caps, Weir did not do his part to help.
That's because Weir used carbon-spewing jetliners to take the more than 6,500-mile journey from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City to the Ushuaia-Malvinas Argentinas International Airport in Ushuaia, the capital city of the Province of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina, likely with some stops in between.
Before departing the U.S. for Argentina, Weir posted a picture of the Aerolineas Argentinas plane he would be flying on.
Google estimates the flight from JFK to Ushuaia results in approximately in 800kg to more than 900kg of carbon dioxide emissions each way, depending on the number of stops .
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