How Journalists Report Environmental Issues
"The public doesn’t care about global warming," says Andrew Revkin, author and New York Times reporter.
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.
Join host Jerry Kay, as we ask environmental journalists and publishers, including Revkin and Utne, to evaluate the media’s approach to environmental news.
This Week's Guests:
Andrew Revkin Science & Environment Reporter, New York Times|
Revkin, a science reporter for The New York Times, has written about the global environment for two decades, covering issues from the Amazon to the North Pole. His work has garnered more than half a dozen national journalism prizes, including an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award and the inaugural $20,000 National Academies Communication Award
His first book, The Burning Season, chronicles the life of Chico Mendes, the slain Amazon activist. The book was the basis for the HBO film of the same name. Revkin also wrote Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which accompanied an exhibition on climate change created by the American Museum of Natural History.
Nina Utne Editor, Utne magazine|
Utne, Chair and CEO of Utne magazine, is a writer, political activist, mother and community builder. Nina holds a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a M.A.in Human Development from St. Mary’s University. Utne has been deeply involved in every aspect of Utne magazine since its founding in 1984 and became the Chair and CEO in 1999. She is frequently asked to speak on a wide range of topics. She is a founder of the Headwaters Fund and the City of Lakes Waldorf School and also a founding member of both UnReasonable Women for the Earth and Code Pink. Utne magazine remains one of the few independent magazines in the country.
Mark Spellun Publisher, Plenty Magazine|
Mark Spellun is the founder of Plenty, an eco-lifestyle magazine which focuses on the revolution in green culture and technology. Plenty’s mission is to give voice to the eco-lifestyle, which they believe is transforming how individuals conduct their daily lives and how companies innovate and compete in the market place.
Prior to starting Plenty, Spellun was a senior editor at the Economist Group. He has also worked as a policy analyst for the United States government and as an international economic consultant where he concentrated on trade and competitiveness issues. Spellun received his MBA from Oxford and studied public policy and technology at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
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