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Research article
22 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 22 Sep 2022

Is there a climate change reporting bias? A case study of English-language news articles, 2017–2022

Chloe Brimicombe

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Climate change is increasing the risk of weather hazards (i.e. storms and heatwaves). Using open science methods, it is shown that there is a bias in weather hazard reporting in English-language news media. Storms are the weather hazard with the most articles written over the last 5 years. In comparison, wildfires are mentioned most per individual hazard occurrence with climate change. Science and media collaborations could address the bias and improve reporting.
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