Few people understand the serious danger climate change poses all of us largely because media have done a poor job in covering it. In 2010, US TV media pretended it had all gone away – no more global warming…poof, bad dream, moving on.
From the must-bookmark The Daily Climate:
Drexel University professor Robert Brulle has analyzed nightly network news since the 1980s. Last year’s climate coverage was so miniscule, he said, that he’s doubting his data.
Coverage of December’s United Nations climate talks in Cancun is Exhibit A: Total meeting coverage by the networks consisted of one 10-second clip, Brulle said. By contrast, 2009’s Copenhagen talks generated 32 stories totaling 98 minutes of airtime. “I’m trying to check it again and again,” Brulle said of the 2010 data. “It’s so little, it’s stunning.”
Newspapers do little better with a huge decline in the US/Canada in 2010 which had some of the lowest level of coverage in the world, lower than Asia and the Pacific according to this graph.
And finally TDC reports it’s own statistics:
DailyClimate.org’s archives extend reliably only to 2007. Year-to-year comparison shows a steep decrease in 2010 climate coverage for many of the world’s major media outlets – off 51 percent in Toronto’s Globe & Mail, 44 percent in the Wall Street Journal, 21 percent in the New York Times, 33 percent in the London Guardian, based on DailyClimate.org’s database.
This media reality is the reason I started Community Supported Environmental Journalism to enable people to support enviro journalism that serves the public interest.
I got the idea over a year ago I when I was covering a major conservation conference where virtually all of the freelance journalists there were told ‘no interest – no money’ by all the media they wrote for. That literally meant hardly anyone in the world would know that some of the world’s leading conservation experts had announced the need to put 50% of the planet into some form of protection in order to sustain the planet’s ecosystems.
I get a lot of encouragement from many people, including leading scientists, who say: ‘we need people like you to write about these issues‘. But I can’t feed myself, let alone my family in today’s media reality. So it was either quit or try something new to ensure people are kept informed about these vital issues.
That new thing is Community Supported Environmental Journalism. Dozens of people offered their help in 2010 the first full year. They donated nearly $6,000 which helped to ensure many breaking international stories were covered including the first media reports on the global die-off of corals and how climate change may be bringing colder winters to Europe and eastern North America, coverage of important international meetings like the Convention on Biodiversity, UNFCCC climate change conference and much more. (All my articles are posted on this site, some 400+ and searchable. Note: This is an advertising-free site.)
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