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The fossil fuel industry’s fake news sites

By Emily Atkin

In an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Russian disinformation agents created Twitter profiles meant to look like local newspapers.
Named things like The Milwaukee Voice, The Seattle Post, and Camden City News, the accounts would post legitimate articles about their targeted communities, before slipping in articles bashing then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

08/25/22
                                                               

Right-wing media downplay climate change amid deadly extreme heat, attack idea that we are in a climate emergency

By Zachary Pleat & Ilana Berger

In Europe, extreme “red” heat warnings were issued in the United Kingdom for the first time, and Wales recorded its highest-ever temperature. Railroad lines, major highways, and airport runways in the U.K. buckled under the extreme heat. Multiple regions of Germany also set all-time highs, as did at least part of Denmark. Over 2,000 people have died in Spain and Portugal due to the extreme heat, which has fueled wildfires there and in parts of France. These record-setting events are not contained to Europe. Parts of the U.S. and Central Asia are suffering from extreme heat as well.

07/21/22
                                                               

Weather Forecasters Are Now Connecting Hot Days to Climate Change

By Alejandro De La Garza Photo: Shelby Tauber, Getty Images

Houston, Texas, is experiencing its hottest summer on record, with sizzling stretches of triple digit days and rolling blackouts caused by extreme power demand. Lena Arango, a local meteorologist at FOX26, wanted her viewers to understand why. “The temperatures we’re experiencing today are five times more likely [because of] climate change,” she said on a TV forecast earlier this month. “I thought that was pretty interesting.”

07/20/22
                                                               

National TV networks mention climate change in 32% of segments on global extreme heat

By Ted Macdonald

Punishing extreme heat is affecting countries all across the globe this week. Extreme “red” heat warnings were issued in the United Kingdom for the first time, and Wales recorded its highest-ever temperature. At least 1,100 people have died in Spain and Portugal due to the extreme heat, which has fueled wildfires there and in parts of France. The Midwestern U.S. and Central Asia are suffering from extreme heat as well.

07/19/22
                                                               

In a segment riddled with lies, Tucker Carlson dismisses the climate crisis and actions to address it

By Alicia Sadowski

Just a week after the Supreme Court effectively gutted the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases in the United States, Fox’s leading prime-time hack Tucker Carlson hosted fringe right-wing Dutch commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek, to spread transparent lies about the Dutch government implementing climate policy designed to reign in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia from the agricultural sector by 2030.

07/08/22
                                                               

Right-wing media use Biden’s green economy comments to launch a full-scale defense of fossil fuels

By Ted Macdonald

When Biden pivoted from a question about gas prices to a “transition” away from fossil fuels in a Tokyo press conference, it drew the ire of right-wing media, who are firmly opposed to the idea of a clean energy economy

05/26/22
                                                               

How TV coverage of climate solutions has evolved in the past 5 years

By Ted Macdonald Photo: Andrea Austria, Media Matters

In order to get people motivated to combat climate change, it is extremely important for climate change reporting to discuss solutions to this challenge and actions that can be taken to prepare for it. However, corporate broadcast TV news coverage of climate solutions has historically been poor — in 2017 and 2018, when Media Matters began tracking solutions coverage, less than one-fifth of climate coverage on nightly and Sunday news shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Fox News Sunday touched upon climate solutions. In 2021, these networks performed much better, as climate solutions made up 34% of climate coverage on nightly and Sunday news shows, though still less than 2019 when solution coverage peaked at 37% of total climate reporting.

04/22/22
                                                               

How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2021

By Ted Macdonald Photo: Melissa Joskow , Media Matters

2021 was a stand-out year for climate coverage on corporate broadcast TV networks. In our annual analysis of climate coverage, Media Matters found that approximately 1,316 minutes — nearly 22 hours — were spent discussing climate change on morning, evening, and Sunday morning news shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting Co., more than a threefold increase from 2020. However, all those hours of climate coverage on corporate broadcast TV networks represented roughly 1% of overall news programming in 2021, a figure that is still far too small in the face of a worsening climate crisis.

03/24/22
                                                               

AP announces sweeping climate journalism initiative

Press Release: The Associated Press Photo: AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra

The Associated Press announced today it will significantly expand its climate coverage, creating a standalone desk that will enhance the global understanding of climate change and its impact across the world.

02/15/22
                                                               

Into the Red: How the Globe will cover climate change

By Steven Wilmsen Photo: Ryan Huddle

his is how long we have ignored warnings of a coming crisis:

It’s been more than half a century since a presidential panel under Lyndon Johnson found that fossil fuel emissions could be warming the earth.

It’s been 40 years since the National Academies of Sciences published a massive landmark study with similar conclusions.

01/20/22