Since the thread is about impacts of climate change… I googled ‘impact of climate change on media’
Very interesting results.
Let me share the first one… from wikipedia…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_cov … ate_change
Media coverage of climate change has had effects on public opinion on climate change, as it mediates the scientific opinion on climate change that the global instrumental temperature record shows increase in recent decades and that the trend is caused mainly by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases. Almost all scientific bodies of national or international standing agree with this view, although a few organisations hold non-committal positions.
The way the media report on climate change in the English-speaking media, especially in the United States, has been widely studied, while studies of reporting in other countries have been fewer. A number of studies have shown that particularly in the United States and in the UK tabloid press, the media significantly understated the strength of scientific consensus on climate change established in IPCC Assessment Reports in 1995 and in 2001.
A peak in media coverage occurred in early 2007, driven by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. A subsequent peak in late 2009, which was 50% higher, may have been driven by a combination of the November 2009 Climatic Research Unit email controversy and December 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Some researchers and journalists believe that media coverage of political issues is adequate and fair, while a few feel that it is biased (see, for example, Bozel & Baker, 1990; Lichter & Rothman, 1984). However, most studies on media coverage of the topic are neither recent nor concerned with coverage of environmental issues. Moreover, they are only rarely concerned specifically with the question of bias (cf., Bell, 1994; Trumbo, 1996; Wilkins, 1993).
And this one is … a 54 pages pdf files…
hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files … immons.pdf
Human Development Report 2007/2008 Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world Human Development Report Office OCCASIONAL PAPER
What role do the media play in influencing personal, national, and international action to address
climate change? How much has the media covered climate change, and what is driving changes in
that coverage? How do climate change stories come to be reported, and who gets cited as legitimate
sources in those stories? What influence do the media play in forming public opinion? Very recent
reports have acknowledged the need for foreign aid to help poor nations adapt to climate change: what
role is the media playing in mobilizing that aid or making it less likely to materialize?
Through time, mass media coverage has proven to be a key contributor – among a number of
factors – that have shaped and affected science and policy discourse as well as public understanding
and action. Mass media representational practices have broadly affected translations between science
and policy and have shaped perceptions of various issues of environment, technology and risk
(Weingart et al. 2000). Within the issue of climate change, two more terms need quick review and
clarification: climate change mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation of emissions is the reduction of
greenhouse gasses released to the atmosphere. For decades, the only aid to developing countries for
climate change was linked to mitigation activities…
To be continued.