Mainstream Media Mostly Miss Climate Connection in Their Extreme Weather Reporting

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Here at TreeHugger while we’re well aware that in the moment it’s difficult to ascribe how much climate change is influencing any single extreme weather event, we’re also confident in making the climate connection. Not so much with mainstream media, as a new article by Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) in Think Progress details.

In covering the multiple, back to back, extreme weather events, ranging from blizzards to fires to floods, droughts, and record-breaking heat waves, the US has seen in 2011, most mainstream media outlets have often missed the big picture. Instead they’ve focused on the immediate damage or the easy contrast of flooding in the northern Great Plains juxtaposed against nearly unprecedented drought in Texas.

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