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Could The Media's Silence On Climate Change Finally Be Ending?

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Most major American public radio stations are participating in the "Covering Climate Now" project, as are media outlets from all over the world, such as The Times of India; the biggest newspaper in Japan, Asahi Shimbun; the biggest newspaper in Italy, La Repubblica. Some American participants include the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Times, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mark Hertsgaard explained:

"About 70%, 69%, of the American people expect that the next president takes serious climate action. There's 56% of the public wants action right now, and another 13% want action in the next few years, meaning in the term of the incoming president. That is a very striking number that I think politicians in both parties need to be paying attention to."

Absolutely.

Nothing will escape climate change's ravages.

International borders, economies, food and water supplies, health, education, transportation, energy sources, are all predicted to change with the climate as the planet warms faster than scientists predicted.

We only have a window of 10 to 12 years to completely reverse our current course, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported late last year.

According to Michael Mann, esteemed Pennsylvania State University professor and director of the Earth Science Systems Science Center, the IPCC's assessment is actually conservative, underestimating the amount of warming that has already occurred.

We actually have less carbon left to burn if we wish to avoid the 1.5-degree Celsius threshold the IPCC report cites.

We have already passed too many tipping points to avoid some of the climate's most devastating effects, and many scientists theorize the world has begun a sixth mass extinction.

We need to take the fossil-fuel industry head-on, and that begins with the media's reporting.

Corporate media remaining beholden to fossil fuel capital is not going to change anything.

As long as there is a profit motive, there will never be sufficient action to curb carbon emissions.

It only means the future of our planet, our children, grandchildren, and beyond.

Once it's over, it's over.

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