According to the Daily Climate, Western media climate coverage is down again in 2011:
“Media coverage of climate change continued to tumble in 2011, declining roughly 20 percent from 2010’s levels and nearly 42 percent from 2009’s peak, according to analysis of DailyClimate.org’s archive of global media.”
“Last year at least 7,140 journalists and opinion writers published some 19,000 stories on climate change, compared to more than 11,100 reporters who filed 32,400 stories in 2009”, according to DailyClimate.org.
“The decline was seen across almost all benchmarks measured by the news service: 20 percent fewer reporters covered the issue in 2011 than in 2010, 20 percent fewer outlets published stories, and the most prolific reporters on the climate change beat published 20 percent fewer stories.”
This is not really surprising given the twin factors of economic troubles and political spinelessness which we continue to see in the US and UK.
Large companies in 2012 will continue to do what they can to reduce their carbon and energy footprints. However the various leadership groups set up of companies appear to be stumbling.
I’ll be interested to see how Peter Bakker, the new no-nonsense head of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, plans to push governments on the topic.
Rio+20 in June and the build up to it, will provide a useful platform for CEOs and others to get sustainability higher up the political agenda as an economically significant issue.
Meanwhile here’s the top ten ‘global’ environmental journalists writing on climate change:
Reporter / Affiliation / 2011 stories
Fiona Harvey Guardian 132
Andrew Revkin New York Times 118
Matthew L. Wald New York Times 96
Richard Black BBC 92
Darren Samuelsohn Politico 92
Nina Chestney Reuters 87
Bryan Walsh Time Magazine 84
Lenore Taylor Sydney Morning Herald 79
Alister Doyle Reuters 76
Ariel Schwartz Fast Company 76
More on all this, here.
UPDATE: 04/01/12: This letter to the DailyClimate points out that coverage outside the traditional Western media outlets is alive and well, in least in places.