TV audiences around the world aren't hearing much
about climate science.
That's the main conclusion of a new study looking at
how TV news covered the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's
(IPCC) three big reports earlier this year.
While the IPCC's reports made a
small splash in the print media, the same wasn't true of
television news. Media in many countries barely covered the
reports. And when they did, they used an old-fashioned "doom"
narrative to explain them, research by Oxford University's Reuters
That's concerning, because many people still get their
news from the TV, and place particular trust in TV news to deliver
a balanced account of climate science.
Here's which channels covered the reports, how, and
why it matters.
The IPCC's first report on
the science behind climate change was launched in October 2013.
report on the impacts of climate change was released the
final day of March 2014, with a
third report looking at policies to cut emissions
following a couple of weeks later.
The Reuters Institute looked at how a selection of
news bulletins in the UK, China, India, Brazil, Australia and
Germany covered all three reports on their launch day, and the day
13 out of the 36 main news bulletins the Reuters
Institute studied covered the IPCC reports. That adds-up to about
34 minutes of airtime.