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PUSH FOR LINKS BETWEEN WEATHER REPORTING AND CLIMATE CHANGE 
Use this structure to advocate for better, more accurate media coverage in all categories and from all news organizations:

0.  No link: Reports on extreme weather events and/or other phenomena and/or their impacts without mention or implication of cli. mate change (Daily Mail)

1.  Link: Identifies climate change as increasing the severity of extreme weather events and/or other phenomena and/or their impacts

2.  Strong link with causation: In addition to (1), includes statement recognizing human activity as the singular cause and/or labels the problem “human-caused”

3.  Causation explanation: In addition to (2), includes an explanation or reference to the sources of human-caused carbon emissions and the effect this has on Earth’s systems

4.  Urgency: In addition to (3), reporting and terminology signifies urgency of the situation and clearly calls out scientific timeframe for action (USA Today)

5.  Solutions-focused: In addition to (4), uses data to inform on necessary immediate and near-term steps, offers examples of large-scale and meaningful solutions including emissions reduction/elimination, fossil fuel divestment, eradication of single use plastics, renewable energy investment and development, and/or other solutions relevant to the story

 

RESOURCES FOR MEDIA OUTREACH 
Searchable Data Bases

1.    Climate Signals: Cataloging and Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change

2.    Skeptical Science: Explaining Climate Change Science and Rebutting Misinformation

3.    Climate Feedback: Fact-checking website containing reviews on articles and claims

4.    NASA: Articles and interactive components on climate change

5.    Climate Change Scientific Research: Various interactive components and independent research on climate change

6.    Carbon Brief: Independent news source covering stories on climate and climate policy

7.    Yale E630: Online magazine featuring original articles on environmental issues

8.    Climate Nexus: Background information on climate change and efforts to solve it

Videos

1.    Global weirding (Youtube): Videos introducing climate change and related concepts

Reports

1.    National Climate Assessment: Summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States

2.    Climate Reporting by Weathercasters Enhances Public Understanding of Climate Change: Study showing that people who view climate reporting on TV better understand that climate change is happening and feel it is more important

3.    IPCC: Reports written by the IPCC on climate change, its specific issues, and guidelines for GHG inventories

4.    Climate Reality Project: Weather vs Climate

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