Climate On Steroids: More Mainstream Media Coverage Of Extreme Weather And Climate Change

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"Climate On Steroids: More Mainstream Media Coverage Of Extreme Weather And Climate Change"

The March heat wave finally caught the attention of major television news outlets. In recent weeks, ABC and NBC have run stories linking the “unprecedented” heat wave to climate change. They join PBS, which has been the only network consistently drawing the connection between extreme weather and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The Weather Channel has also picked up on the story, featuring a number of stories about the influence of human activity on extreme weather. One of the best segments featured meteorologist Stu Ostro, who explained why “data and science, not politics” changed him from a skeptic to someone very concerned about the problem.

Add a new piece from the Weather Channel to the mix of growing coverage. This piece features the “steroids in baseball” analogy that journalists are starting to pick up on — proving the value of a concise, easy-to-understand metaphor.

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2 Responses to Climate On Steroids: More Mainstream Media Coverage Of Extreme Weather And Climate Change

  1. cervantes says:

    Yep, I think we’re finally seeing a real trend away from false balance in corporate media coverage. It will take a while, however, for that to translate into a changed political discourse, and it will have to get stronger and more consistent too. It’s important to keep up the pressure and call them out when they give equal time to liars and crackpots.