Global warming: demand the truth
After announcements that 2015 was the hottest year on record and February 2016 was the hottest month, the news station CNN aired five times
more fossil fuel advertising than actual climate reporting!
So, please sign this petition to CNN. Tell them: start reporting on climate change
. And please reshare this message.
A study by the group Media Matters showed that the American Petroleum Institute is getting more coverage than actual news about global warming. This doesn't even include the ads from individual fossil fuel companies and the Koch brothers.
Here's some actual news, in case you hadn't heard:
1) The extent of Arctic sea ice in June was the lowest in recorded history for that month of the year: 260,000 square kilometers less than ever before! It's on track to break all records this year.
2) Recently every month from October until May has been the hottest on record worldwide. June was the second hottest, since the El Niño is fading.
3) India recorded its hottest day ever on May 19th. The temperature in Phalodi hit 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit), and a nationwide drought has affected more than 300 million people marched on, leaving armed guards at dams, and reservoirs well below their usual levels.
4) Alaska, along with the rest of the Arctic, has experienced record-breaking heat this year. Its average year-to-date temperature has been 5.5C above the long term average.
5) In the atmosphere, carbon dioxide has been increasing every year for decades - but this year the speed of increase
is also record-breaking! The increase for 2016 is expected to be 3.1 parts per million, up from an annual average of 2.1.
6) The Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder and world heritage site, recently experienced its worst ever coral bleaching event. An aerial study found that just 7% of the reef escaped bleaching.
7) A new study in Nature
argues that even despite the actions pledged in the Paris Agreement, the Earth is still on course for a temperature increase of 2.6 - 3.1C by the end of this century. Read this:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v534/n7609/full/nature18307.html
The Paris agreement is a step in the right direction, but we need to ratchet it up. We can't afford to slack off now
. One piece of the puzzle is clear information about the crisis we're in
Media Matters writes:In Week After Hottest Year Announcement, CNN Aired Less Than One Minute Of Climate-Related Coverage And 13.5 Minutes Of Oil Industry Ads.From January 20 to January 26, CNN morning, daytime and primetime programming included only 57 seconds of coverage about climate change or the announcement that 2015 was the hottest year on record. Over that same time period, CNN aired 13.5 minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads. The climate-related segments included one on the January 21 edition of Early Start, in which anchor Christine Romans reported that 2015 was the hottest year on record and that officials say “the planet is still warming with no apparent change in the long term global warming rate.” Additionally, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin briefly mentioned Republican climate science denial during a discussion of Hillary Clinton’s emails on Anderson Cooper 360, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria noted that the “The World Economic Forum said this year that the greatest global risk is the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation,” during a Fareed Zakaria GPS segment about a study finding that humans have entered a new geological epoch known as the Anthropocene.Following Announcement That February 2016 Was Most Unusually Hot Month Ever, CNN Aired Four Minutes Of Climate-Related Coverage And 10 Minutes Of Fossil Fuel Ads.In the one-week period beginning March 17, when NOAA released data showing that February 2016 was the most unusually hot month ever recorded, CNN aired only four minutes of coverage about climate change or the temperature record during its morning, daytime, and primetime coverage. During that same time period, CNN aired ten minutes of American Petroleum Institute ads. On March 18, CNN anchors Christine Romans and John Berman delivered nearly-identical reports on February’s “astounding” temperature record during the 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. editions of Early Start, respectively, but neither explicitly mentioned climate change or the role fossil fuel pollution and other human activities play in driving climate change. The March 20 edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS featured an interview with astronaut Piers Sellers about his climate change advocacy, followed by a brief report about International Energy Administration (IEA) data showing a decline in carbon emissions from energy production, which Zakaria described as “some good news on the climate front” and a “welcome update in the climate battle.” Finally, on the March 20 edition of New Day Sunday, anchor Christi Paul reported that major cities around the world were participating in Earth Hour, an event meant to bring awareness to climate change, by switching off their lights.
For more details see:http://mediamatters.org/research/2016/04/25/study-cnn-viewers-see-far-more-fossil-fuel-advertising-climate-change-reporting/209985
Here's the data for the statements 1)-6):https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/17/seven-climate-records-set-so-far-in-2016https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/07/arctic-sea-ice-crashes-to-record-low-for-junehttp://www.netnewsledger.com/2016/07/05/june-2016-second-hottest-june-ever/