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New Research Helps Explain the Partisan Divide Over Climate Change

An abundance of research indicates that American opinion on climate change falls squarely across party lines. But what explains this partisan divide? New research reveals that part of the issue might lie in Americans’ choices about media outlets. Specifically, the study found that watching and listening to conservative media outlets, like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, is associated with […]

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Climate Coverage on Sunday Shows Skyrockets

Climate coverage on Sunday shows skyrocketed in the first half of 2014, according to a new Media Matters analysis. Climate coverage in the first half of 2014 has already surpassed the coverage climate received on Sunday shows over the past four years. An uptick in newsworthy climate-related events, including the release of the National Climate […]

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MSNBC Climate Coverage Most Accurate, Study Finds

A new study released this month found that MSNBC had the most accurate climate coverage of three major cable news networks: MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. The study, which was conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists and featured by the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media, found that 92 percent of MSNBC’s […]

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NBC Ramps Up Climate Coverage With Hour-Long Special

Broadcast network NBC aired an hour-long special on climate change earlier this month, according to a recent Media Matters article. In the special, titled “Our Year of Extremes: Did Climate Change Just Hit Home,” host Ann Curry focuses on the ways in which climate change has been felt across the U.S. over the past year, […]

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Senate Pushes TV Networks to Ramp Up Climate Coverage

A new Senate task force on climate change says it will call on Sunday news programs to ramp up their climate coverage, according to a recent article in The Hill. Sunday news programs spent just eight minutes discussing climate change in all of 2012, and nine minutes in 2011 — numbers that task force member […]

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Fox News Only Covers Climate When It’s Cold

A Media Matters analysis recently featured in Salon reveals that Fox News’ climate coverage is heavily driven by weather patterns. In other words, Fox only covers climate when it’s cold. According to the analysis, Fox covered climate change nine times during the polar vortex cold spell between Jan. 2 and Jan. 8 of this year, […]

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Al Jazeera America Takes Climate Change Seriously

A short item in Grist recently focused on the new Al Jazeera cable news network, pointing out that in the first day of being on the air, the network had already outpaced American cable news in climate change coverage over several months. The difference was quite large. (see story, below.)   But it isn’t just […]

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Don’t Let Climate Urgency Fade Away With Sandy

Due to Sandy, the topic of climate has been getting media coverage recently, but in this article Amy Luers warns that as the disaster fades from the headlines, climate change concern may dissipate. To avoid this outcome, Luers suggests focusing on human hope and perseverance when reflecting on Sandy. We all want to leave a […]

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Climate vs. Kardashian

Over the past year and a half, major American news outlets have chosen to feature the Kardashians over 40 times more often than ocean acidification. This Media Matters article discusses the potential danger of the news media pandering to the public’s current entertainment interests versus informing them on important issues that will personally affect them. […]

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