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Monday, June 18, 2018

Will Media Coverage Of Extreme Weather And Climate Improve In 2018? Al Roker Offers Hope

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

A version of this post was originally published on Grist.

Everyone knows that the U.S. got gobsmacked by hurricanes last year. But if you rely on mainstream media for your news, you might not know that climate change had anything to do with it.

In 2017, the major broadcast TV news programs mentioned climate change only two times total during their coverage of the record-breaking hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S. The climate-hurricane link came up once on CBS, once on NBC, and not at all during ABC’s coverage of the storms, Media Matters found.…

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New Emails Show EPA Scheming With Climate Change Deniers

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been quietly working with climate change deniers at a conservative think tank to discredit climate science, according to a slew of newly released emails.

The emails, which were unveiled as part of a lawsuit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), reveal a new level of coordination between Scott Pruitt’s EPA and the Heartland Institute, a fossil fuel-funded think tank that has spent years manufacturing an alternative body of pseudoscientific research meant to call into question mainstream climate science.

Backed by funding from the Koch brothers and the Mercer family, the Heartland Institute has engaged in an aggressive, years-long disinformation campaign aimed at undermining peer-reviewed science showing that human-caused climate change is a real and pressing matter.…

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New Puerto Rico Report Proves Trump Dead Wrong

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Trump never stopped asking for credit for the government’s response to Hurricane Maria in 2017, while also downplaying its seriousness. But a new study shows that the devastation that storm brought was far worse than previously known.

The study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that nearly 5,000 Americans died as a result of Hurricane Maria, more than double Hurricane Katrina’s death toll.

Yet bragging about the supposedly low casualties was one of many tone-deaf things Trump said in response to the storms.

During a photo op in October 2017, Trump complained about the money that was being spent to aid Puerto Rico.…

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