[A] at a time when civilization is accelerating toward disaster, climate silence continues to reign across the bulk of the US news media. Especially on television, where most Americans still get their news, the brutal demands of ratings and money work against adequate coverage of the biggest story of our time. Many newspapers, too, are failing the climate test. Last October, the scientists of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report, warning that humanity had a mere 12 years to radically slash greenhouse-gas emissions or face a calamitous future in which hundreds of millions of people worldwide would go hungry or homeless or worse. Only 22 of the 50 biggest newspapers in the United States covered that report.At least now they're merely ignoring it. For decades they treated the reality of climate change as a controversy, and were compelled to bring in a denier (usually secretly funded by the fossil fuel industry) as "balance" for every story. The moderators did not ask about climate change in a single presidential debate in the last 3 elections. Even as Houston and the Carolinas and Puerto Rico and the Florida panhandle were smashed by hurricanes, as the west burns and the Midwest drowns, these events are treated as isolated weather incidents.
The truth is a downer, and it's bad for ratings. But again, you are hereby commanded to read.
Update: Not only have all the dire predictions come true, it's been even worse than predicted, and sooner. That's truth, not opinion.