News about climate change is not a secret, but it is often not shared as much as people would like to believe. Despite the fact that a 4% increase in media attention was reported for April 2022 compared to March 2022, people still don’t seem to take the issue seriously.
Media attention to climate change increased 4% in April 2022 from March 2022
The hottest summer on record in Europe, an escalating energy crisis and a virulent pandemic – if only in a metaphorical sense. Moreover, it is Europe’s responsibility as the world’s third largest economy to lead the pack in the transition to a low carbon economy. All of these are reasons for a re-evaluation of our approach to the matter.
A look at social media shows that individuals and businesses are making their voices heard in ways that might not have been possible a few years ago. This scalability is a boon to climate change initiatives. Likewise, the best way to hone the climate proofing machine is to engage citizens in an open and frank dialogue.
People don’t take climate change seriously
Many people don’t believe that climate change is a big deal. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a real issue. Climate change is a complex phenomenon with a number of factors at play. In addition to the human factor, it involves natural cycles that have been in place for millions of years.
According to a recent study, most Americans are aware of the fact that the climate is changing. About three-quarters of those surveyed expect climate change to have an effect on the economy, including higher fuel prices and fewer jobs. And nearly six in ten anticipate more frequent extreme weather events in their lifetime.
Brazil pledges to end deforestation in the Amazon
Brazilian President Elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has pledged to end deforestation in the Amazon to fight climate change. The pledge comes as Brazil has faced international condemnation for the destruction of the rainforest.
Scientists say that deforestation in the Amazon is nearing an irreversible tipping point. It could cause irreparable damage to global warming trends. Bolsonaro has taken an aggressive stance against environmental protections. His government has scaled back environmental laws and encouraged violence against forest defenders.
While the Bolsonaro administration has increased deforestation in the Amazon, it has also promoted legislative initiatives that curtail Indigenous rights. Those who advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples have been threatened by the Bolsonaro administration.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine stymied climate change coverage
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a global concern. It is part of a broader struggle between Russia and the United States for control of spheres of influence. The war has been devastating to the people of Ukraine.
The invasion has also exacerbated the effects of climate change. In addition to the devastating humanitarian impact, it has driven up the price of food, fuel, and other goods. And, it has helped fuel the third world food crisis in 15 years.
In an editorial for El Pais, journalist Manuel Planelles wrote that “War in Ukraine threatens the global fight against climate change.” He mentioned Europe’s need to transition away from fossil fuels.
US senate passes Biden’s inflation reduction act
The US Senate has passed President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The bill is designed to address inflation and the federal deficit. It also includes unprecedented investments in clean energy and to combat global warming.
The bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives. The Inflation Reduction Act lowers prescription drug prices and will lower health care costs. This legislation is expected to reduce the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.
The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Joe Biden before the end of August. It is designed to reduce costs for households and businesses.
Polarised societies tend to share news about climate change
A growing body of research suggests that the way we talk about climate change has evolved in a positive direction. However, polarization remains. This may hinder efforts to mitigate climate risks.
One of the most important factors in the discussion of climate change is the way we distribute information. In particular, the news media is a key source of information. Unfortunately, the data available to the general public can be misleading.
Research has shown that news content is filtered by political bias. This neutralizes the quality of the information contained in news items. Similarly, social media has been found to have a negative impact on the way users perceive others.
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