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Media Coverage Of Climate Change Is Improving. But That Alone Won’t Stamp Out Disinformation

Media Coverage Of Climate Change Is Improving. But That Alone Won't Stamp Out Disinformation

President Joe Biden spoke bluntly this week about the unprecedented weather conditions in the Pacific Northwest, stating “climate change is driving the dangerous confluence of extreme heat and prolonged drought.”

The media often fail to make the connection that Biden identified between climate disruption and severe weather. Most of the reporting on the dozens of shattered temperature records in June neglected to mention that the warming climate helped create the conditions for those extremes to occur.

We can put a finer point on that thanks to Media Matters, a media watchdog group. They reported that only 17 percent of news segments about the dire conditions in the Pacific Northwest airing on the major cable networks mentioned the linkage to climate change. The broadcast networks did better, making the connection in almost a third of their segments.

Although that’s not as frequently as one might hope for, it’s a big improvement over recent years. In 2018, just one out of more than a hundred monitored reports about a major two-week heatwave referenced climate change.

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