The UK comes in second after Australia in the total number of articles published about climate change since 2004, the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO) reported.
MeCCO is led by researchers at the University of Colorado. They monitor press in 59 countries to ascertain reporting on climate change.
Of the 54 countries that the researchers studied for print media coverage, more than half increased the number of articles published on the topic in the last five years.
Argentina, South Africa and Brazil top the list of emerging nations that have seen an increase in the reportage around climate change over the past few years.
Max Boykoff, MeCCO lead investigator told the Press Gazette, “It’s not just whether climate change is explicitly in an article or not of course, but it’s how it is characterised and it is whether it’s treated with disdain or enthusiasm, which are just two among many emotional registers.”
Closer to home, how climate change is being reported is rapidly changing. Let’s take for example the announcement by Boris Johnson about the 10-point green recovery plan. “This is a volte-face of enormous proportions,” said James Painter (reported by Bloomberg). He researches the media’s representation of climate change at the University of Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. “Five years ago you would have had the right-leaning press absolutely slamming the prime minister’s announcement.”