Tandon in the News

War all the time? Climate reporters weigh coverage quantity against quality


By Abby Rabinowitz, associate director for STEM writing and clinical associate professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Today, the climate crisis is no less an existential threat. To limit the worst effects of the climate crisis, we have under eleven years to decarbonize our economy, mobilizing, as Bill McKibben and others have urged, on the speed and scale of WWII. One might expect to see that mobilization effort in the US media more often; climate change, after all, frames every beat. A threat of such breadth, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg once said, should preclude us from talking, writing, or reporting about anything else.

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