Climate change: Wildfire articles don't mention climate change

Published: Wednesday, May. 21, 2014 - 10:05 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 9:15 am

Re "Weather fuels an early fire season" (Capitol & California, May 16): In a 600-word article about the new reality of an ever-present fire season in California, how many times were the words "climate change" or "global warming" used? That's right: zero. I can't say I'm surprised.

I recently came across an interesting study from 2012. For three months, Mediamatters.org reviewed the transcripts of every television and print article reporting on Western states wildfires from 11 major media outlets, including all the major networks, the New York Times and the L.A. Times. The result: only 6 percent of print articles, and 1.6 percent of TV news reports made any reference to climate change.

The Bee needs to embrace the science and stop tiptoeing around this issue. Society must pay the true price of carbon pollution through a fee and dividend approach. Let's create greater incentives and rewards to reduce our individual impact. -- Louie Dias, Carmichael

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