03 Jul '12, 8pm

Just 3% of News Stories about the Wildfire Epidemic Even Mention Climate Change

Just 3% of News Stories about the Wildfire Epidemic Even Mention Climate Change

You've got typically tight-lipped climate scientists saying things like : "What we're seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like. It looks like heat, it looks like fires, it looks like this kind of environmental disaster." and: "This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level. The extra heat increases the odds of worse heat waves, droughts, storms and wildfire." You've got plenty of smart, influential scientists who are willing to be quoted in news segments describing the impact climate change has had on the record-breaking wildfires in the Southwest.So there's really no excuse for this statistic, uncovered in a Media Matters analysis : Just 3% of the wildfire news coverage even mentions climate change or global warming at all. To be clear, that doesn't mean that 3% of the wildfire stories are about climate change—97% don't menti...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/just-3-new...

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