Coverage of climate change plummets on US TV

by Richard on April 19, 2012

From Media Matters

Time Devoted To Climate Change Has Fallen Sharply Since 2009

Despite Ongoing Climate News, Broadcast Coverage Has Dropped Significantly. Since 2009, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a climate bill and a major climate conference took place in Copenhagen, the amount of climate coverage on both the Sunday shows (Fox News Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’ Face the Nation, and ABC’s This Week) and the nightly news (NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, and ABC World News) has declined tremendously. This drop comes despite a series of newsworthy stories related to climate change in 2010 and 2011, including a debate over comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the U.S. Senate, a series of record-breaking extreme weather events, notable developments in climate science, the rise of so-called “climate skeptics” in the House of Representatives, and a deal struck at the most recent UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa.

Furthermore, the study shows that Republicans featured more prominently than Democrats in climate change coverage (there’s that liberal bias in the media again!) and — more worrying still — media discussion focussed almost entirely on the politics rather than the science of climate change.

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Pam 04.19.12 at 10:11 am

Maybe lots of US media types are holidaying in Kiribati and Tuvalu?
(and can’t remember what to say when they return)


Richard 04.19.12 at 1:36 pm

You can bet they aren’t buying beach-front property there!


Pam 04.20.12 at 3:14 am

Kiribati is a collection of 33 coral atolls, the highest point on the atolls is less than 2 metres above sea level. The population at the end of 2009 was about 110,850. And depending on the speed of global warming, the atolls will all be submerged sometime between 2025 and 2040. So, not only beach-front property affected!
Pretty much same story for Tuvalu, except its highest point is a whopping 4.5 metres above sea level and a population of about 12,400.
The Maldives and Marshall Islands also face the same fate.


Richard 04.20.12 at 6:16 am

Quite. And in every part of the world, the severest impacts of climate change will be on the poorest.

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