The over whelming evidence is hard to dispute, and yet America continues to brush this enormous issue off their shoulder by dismissing facts. What will it take to convince the public that drastic changes must be made?
The “Consensus Gap”, as we call it, is one of the key roadblocks preventing us from taking serious action to mitigate the risk associated with human-caused climate change. False balance in media coverage of climate change, is one of the main causes of the consensus gap, but changing this poor journalistic practice is a challenge.
The BBC, for example, has ignored viewer criticisms of its climate reporting false balance, and also its own review of impartiality and accuracy in its science reporting. CNN has continued to host these 1-on-1 climate ‘debates’ despite two prominent CNN hosts condemning its false balance.
Without changing the way we cover climate change, without telling the public the severity of how our Earth is warming, how will we ever get the public to act? The media is a powerful entity, and we must use it to its fullest potential and get the American people to take action against global warming.