If Exxon Mobil ran Boston media, would we notice any difference in coverage of climate crisis-worsened extreme weather? So far, Boston media outlets are once again failing to connect the dots from this week’s forecast record-breaking heat to our global carbon pollution-fueled fever.
When it comes to long-term coverage on how global warming is hurting our region, that’s not at all true – environmental reporters for outlets like the Boston Globe and WBUR do excellent work covering developments in global climate science. But when it comes to the climate crisis breaking heat records, local print and broadcast meteorologists and daily news reporters consistently fail to connect the dots to climate science.
And this morning, it’s happened again. In fact, some outlets are failing twice! Both the Boston Globe and WHDH-TV ignored global warming in their news story (Globe, WHDH) AND in their weather blog (Globe, WHDH).
The rest of the coverage, all totally silent on climate:
- Boston Herald
- WCVB-TV (ABC 5)
- WBZ-TV (CBS 4)
- WFXT-TV (Fox 25)
- Providence Journal
- Worcester Telegram
If you see or hear any articles or coverage that DO mention global warming’s influence, please post them in comments.
Connecting the dots from record heat waves to global warming isn’t hard! It’s about as simple and direct as climate harms get. Here are some of the many national outlets that got it right:
It remains to be seen how many records fall due to this heat wave being up against the insane 1911 Northeast heat wave. That Wikipedia entry is a good read if you want to know just how awful heat waves were before air conditioning (and before ceiling fans and swimming pools became affordable/widespread).