03 Jul '12, 7pm

Major news outlets are ignoring climate change in their wildfire coverage:

Major news outlets are ignoring climate change in their wildfire coverage:

“The major television and print outlets largely ignored climate change in their coverage of wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico and other Western states,” reports Media Matters in a new study . “All together, only 3 percent of the reports mentioned climate change, including 1.6 percent of television segments and 6 percent of text articles.” Media Matters cites a number of scientific reports linking climate change to more frequent fires, larger and longer-burning fires, and lengthier fire seasons. The study goes on to cite fire experts who believe that “journalists should explain how manmade climate change could worsen wildfire risk in certain parts of the western U.S.” A quote from one of those experts, Thomas W. Swetnam of the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research: Given the facts that year after year we are breaking century (or longer) records in wildfir...

Full article: http://grist.org/news/media-ignore-climate-change-in-repo...

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