"This Is How Little Time Television News Devotes To Climate Change"

"WASHINGTON -- Climate change got more coverage on broadcast news in 2013 than in the previous few years, but the issue still didn't get nearly as much attention as it did in 2009, Media Matters found in a new analysis."

"ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox together featured more coverage in 2013 than they did in 2012. The amount of airtime granted to climate change on both the Sunday shows and the nightly news was up, too -- to a total of 27 minutes, and an hour and 42 minutes, respectively, for the entire year. The progressive media watchdog group Media Matters totaled the time broadcasters devoted to climate change for a new report released Thursday.

The Media Matters report deemed overall coverage of climate change "tepid," and noted there were many news events in 2013 that created opportunities for coverage, including carbon dioxide levels that exceeded 400 parts per million in May, President Barack Obama's major climate policy address in June, and the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment in September. "

Kate Sheppard reports for the Huffington Post January 16, 2014.

SEE ALSO:

"ANALYSIS: Fox Only Talks About Climate Change When It's Cold" (Media Matters)

"NY Times' Climate Coverage Suffers After Disbanding Environmental Team, Dropping Green Blog" (Media Matters)

"STUDY: Media Sowed Doubt In Coverage Of UN Climate Report" (Media Matters)

"Silence Of The Lambs: Climate Coverage Drops At Major U.S. Newspapers, Flatlines On TV" (Climate Progress)

"Media Coverage of Climate Change/Global Warming" (University of Colorado Center for Science & Technology Policy Research)

"Major Newspaper Coverage of Climate Change Plummeted Last Year" (Grist)

"How Fox News’ Climate Coverage Is Affected By Cold Spells And Heat Waves" (Salon)

"Climate Coverage Ballooned Last Year, Except at the New York Times" (Grist)

"Democrats Plan to Pressure TV Networks Into Covering Climate Change" (National Journal)

"Climate Coverage Soars in 2013, Spurred By Energy, Weather" (The Daily Climate)

"Climate Change Press’ Pseudo Boom" (Columbia Journalism Review)

"The Pitfalls of Analysing Media Coverage of Climate Change, in Three Graphs" (Carbon Brief)

"Reviewing Top U.S. Climate News Stories of 2013" (Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media)

"‘Polar Vortex’ Top Story for TV Programs … and Grist for New Yale Forum Video" (Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media)

Source: Huffington Post, 01/16/2014