Report: U.S. Media Barely Mention Climate In Stories On Extreme Heat

A new Media Matters analysis of news coverage of this summer’s heat wave finds that television outlets mentioned climate change in only 8.7 percent of stories throughout July. Among these six outlets — ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and NBC — only MSNBC consistently talked about the role of climate change in accelerating extreme heat and weather events. ABC incorporated climate change into only 2 percent of its coverage in July, and Fox News only mentioned climate change once to in order to dismiss the problem.

Newspaper outlets did a better job, putting just over 25 percent of stories into a climate context. The study looked at coverage from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the hottest month ever recorded since record keeping began.