On the afternoon of June 1 in New York, meteorologist Mike Favetta was celebrating his last day working for local 24-hour TV station News 12 at his favorite spot in the Bronx’s vanishing Little Italy. As coworkers toasted his 10-year career, Favetta saw his final segment air on a wall TV. On another, he watched President Donald Trump announce his decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement.
The timing was accidental. Favetta’s last day at News 12 had been set six weeks earlier. But the striking coincidence only hardened Favetta’s resolve. He was taking his meteorological training to Europe—Milan, to be precise—where the climate is more favorable to helping companies understand how global warming affects them.
It took Favetta himself a long time to look seriously into climate change. When he first asked one of his professors at Kean University’s meteorology program about the issue in 2003, he was told there wasn’t a lot evidence to back up the theory of manmade warming.
In retrospect, Favetta said, the professor hadn’t been keeping up with the scientific press. After pursuing his own research, his thoughts finally tipped in 2016, after reading scientific articles such as this one, and the skepticism relented. “From a pure science perspective, this is undeniable. It’s like DNA evidence.”
Favetta founded his consultancy Weather Prep in 2014. The company focuses on private-sector weather and climate research, something he’d dabbled in before. In 2010, he became the event meteorologist for the New York City Marathon, briefing organizers before and during the headline event and at smaller races such as the Brooklyn and Staten Island half-marathons.
Looking toward his move to Milan, Favetta chose to illustrate how climate change affects a key part of Italy’s culture and its economy.