“Many broadcast meteorologists still say they experience significant barriers in reporting on climate change, including a lack of time to prepare and air stories, lack of access to high-quality content that can be rapidly used in their broadcasts, and a lack of access to climate scientists for advice and interviews.”
We can't expect the public to rally to aggressively address our climate crisis if the mainstream media refuses to talk about the realities of climate change...
“If the mainstream media were doing its job responsibly, they wouldn't just tell you the estimated cost of disaster relief, they would tell you that according to Citibank, the estimated cost of climate inaction is around $44 TRILLION globally. But they won't. Because that sort of honest reporting in the public interest would fly in the face of major corporate sponsors and lobbying groups like BP, ExxonMobil and the American Petroleum Institute.”
The corporate media in this country need to stop kowtowing to vested fossil fuel advertisers that want to keep the public in the dark about climate change.
There’s a major gap between the scientific consensus on climate change and the public’s understanding of climate. While 97 percent of the scientific community recognizes our role in climate change, only 50 percent of Americans recognize that human activities are mostly to blame. Much of this is due to the spin that’s masterfully orchestrated by some of the world’s largest corporations. Sign the petition to help end climate change denial in the media.
Some news networks ignored some of the year's most important climate and environment news entirely, while others gave disproportionate air time to talking heads who reject the basic scientific consensus on climate change.
In order to improve the accuracy and fairness of the network's news coverage, reporters for BBC News are being directed to limit the amount of air time they give to people with anti-science viewpoints.
The Murdoch media's anti renewable stance is sometimes hilarious, and mostly ill-informed. Fortunately, many technology-neutral big business leaders understand that rowing back on renewables might favour a few generators and satisfy ideological motives, but would be bad for consumers.
Centre for Climate Safety's insight:
“The Murdoch media towards renewable energy has become a major issue: It appears designed to bring a multi-billion dollar industry to a halt, and apart from ideological reasons, or sympathy with vested interests, it is not clear why.
Certainly, it is not based on the facts.
Some of the reporting on renewables from the Murdoch global network has been laughable, such as the assertion by one Fox News reporter that solar could never work in the US because it didn’t have as much sun as Germany.
Most of it, though, has simply been unbalanced, and ill-informed, such as its numerous stories about the supposed costs of wind energy, its supposed health impacts, and the repetition of the myth that it serves no useful purpose and does not reduce emissions – claims I had debunked in one of my last Greenchip columns.” Giles Parkinson
“We haven’t figured out how to engage the audience in that story in a meaningful way,” Zucker told New York Times television reporter Bill Carter.
The statement drew a smug response from some in the conservative blogosphere who essentially declared that audiences were tired of CNN’s “blatantly liberal agenda” on climate change. But nothing could be further than the truth.
CNN’s climate change stories may be failing to elicit a strong reaction from viewers because the network often uses a debate format that grossly distorts the issue to the point where viewers are left more confused, uninformed, and apathetic than they were before they started watching.
In 2013, CNN misled in 30 percent of its coverage on climate science — mostly from airing false balance debates, according to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Stewart noted that while CNN is focusing almost entirely on the search for Flight 370, there is other important and "meaningful" news happening in the world that they could be covering -- like, perhaps, "the UN report that stated that we're all gonna die."
The "Daily Show" host cited a recent Media Matters study saying that CNN devoted less than two minutes of coverage to the UN's latest climate change report the day it was released.
"CNN, don't you think this is kind of actual meaningful news and could fit very well into your unnecessary over-dramatic hologram rooms, virtual reality rides and random street yelling?" Stewart asked. "You can't use your hologram green screen room to talk about global warming?"
A major mining lobby group has been linked to a fake Twitter army running a coordinated social media campaign against renewable energy.
As renewables become more and more affordable, corporations that profit from fossil fuels are desperately trying to tarnish the reputation of clean energy.
Buzzfeed revealed dozens of fake Twitter accounts set up to post anti-renewable rants in the wake of the South Australian storm. Seems their identities – like their facts – are completely made up, with phoney display pics and all. And guess which two accounts they all link to?
1) The cashed-up Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (a pro-mining lobby group)
2) A Bangladesh-based marketer who sells "forum posting, content writing… and so on" online
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The big polluter lobby spends millions every year trying to hold back the transition to renewable energy.
Climate misinformation thrives in Australian media. The Australian Press Council has a stake in this. Along with other regulators and authorities, the Press Council fails to understand that the fatal climate crisis caused by an ongoing build-up in greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is an unprecedented, wicked economic and political issue of epic proportions which calls for a mediawise state of emergency. An unprecedented crisis calls for unprecedented measures and intervention, for reviewing customary procedures, and above all: a responsibility to educate and guide with a focus on solutions to the crisis. » See more at: http://climatesafety.info/climate-misinformation-thrives
When it comes to covering climate change, it's not just The Wall Street Journal's editorial section that is problematic in the Rupert Murdoch era -- a new study shows the paper's newsroom has misinformed readers on the issue, too.
A wholesale corruption of science underlies the UK Government's insistence that gas from fracking offers a 'low carbon', low cost route to energy abundance, writes Paul Mobbs. On the contrary: it's expensive, over-hyped - and just as bad for climate change as coal.
Environment writer Nicole Clark looks at how climate change sceptics’ views are promoted in Australian print media and concludes that the content generally reflects the ideals and best interests of the elite.
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