Media Coverage Of Climate Change Drops In 2011

In a year filled with climate disasters — from the Texas wildfires and drought to massive flooding in the Midwest and Northeast — news coverage of climate change plummeted in 2011, dropping 20 percent compared to 2010 and 42 percent from 2009’s record high. According to, at least 7,140 journalists and opinion writers published some 19,000 stories on climate change in 2011, compared to more than 11,100 reporters who filed 32,400 stories in 2009. Analysis by the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado backs up DailyClimate’s findings, showing that climate reporting in the five major U.S. newspapers has dropped. But at the same time, a Pew Research Center poll shows a modest rise in the percent of Americans who say there is “solid evidence” for global warming.

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