Is Climate Coverage Losing Steam?
Guess who’s not talking about climate change? Besides the usual suspects, we can now add some unusual ones: most of the major media outlets in the U.S., according to a new analysis from Media Matters for America, a media watchdog website.
In the face of last month’s record heat wave in the U.S., Media Matters found major broadcast newscasts only mentioned climate change in 8.7% of their stories on the extreme temperatures. The number was 25.5% for major print media. And, just to show there are few excuses for major media’s failures to make such connections, Media Matters followed up the figures with a list of studies during the past few years, all linking rising temperatures to fossil fuel-related climate change.