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Climate Change Is Covered Differently Around The World

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Frank Paul, University of Zurich
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The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland

How an issue is portrayed in the media can have a huge effect on how it is perceived by the public. When it comes to climate change, a lot of attention has been dedicated to how much the issue is covered. And whether that coverage is scientifically accurate.

A new analysis of more than 37,000 articles from 45 countries around the globe suggests that a key factor in how climate change is covered is economics -- the country’s per capita GDP.

Wealthier countries are more likely to emphasize domestic politics and scientific evidence of climate change, while media in poorer nations tend to focus on the impacts of climate change and the need for international policy solutions.

We speak to Hong Vu, assistant professor of journalism at University of Kansas and that study's lead author.

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.