Saturday, April 29, 2006

Reporting Environmental News

“The public doesn’t care about global warming,” says Andrew Revkin, New York Times Science and Environmet reporter.

On this week's Beyond Organic radio show, we ask environmental journalists and publishers to evaluate the media’s approach to environmental news.

Our guests: Nina Utne (Utne Magazine), Mark Spellun (Plent Magazine) and Andrew Revkin (New York Times).

Revkin points out that poll after poll has proved that global warming is a back burner issue for the public. “And that is why it’s been a backburner issue in the policy arena,” he says.

According to Nina Utne, between 1993 and 2003, not a single peer reviewed article published in a scientific journal cast doubt on global warming. However, over a similar 10 year period, more than 53 percent of mainstream news articles covering the topic did.

So, where’s the disconnect between scientific fact, media coverage and readership interest?

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