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Climate change is global—but climate journalism isn’t

In the Internet age, the media seems increasingly global. Yet climate change coverage remains, in many ways, resolutely local. The themes and narratives that frame media coverage of climate change differ from one country to the next and are shaped by the economy and other characteristics of a country, a new study reveals.

Researchers in the United States and Vietnam analyzed coverage of climate change by 84 media outlets in 45 countries and territories around the world. The countries spanned different climate conditions, political contexts, levels of economic development, and energy consumption patterns.