Extreme Silence: How the U.S. Media Have Failed to Connect Climate Change to Extreme Heat in 2018

Source: Public Citizen

Author(s): David Arkush, Allison Fisher, Victoria Brown, Mary-Stewart Wachter

Year: 2018


This report examines media coverage of extreme heat and climate change from January 1 to July 8 2018 (referring to that period as 2018 “to date” or “this year”), as well as in the context of the major heat event that spread over the Northern Hemisphere over a twelve-day period starting on June 27 and ending on July 8. The report considers a range of sources: the top 50 U.S. newspapers by circulation, national programming from ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Network, MSNBC, and NBC, and newspaper coverage in the 13 states in which 10 or more heat records were broken during the period.

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