Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and other natural disasters are increasing – both in strength and frequency. A simple weather report is no longer enough as we mitigate the effects of these extreme events, and try to shed light on those affected most.
But how is the media handling their responsibility? Is it just a competition for ratings? How well do they educate viewers about connections to climate change? And are they allowing bias – even politics – affect coverage?
Joining us to talk about covering extreme weather events, is CGTN’s Miami correspondent, Nitza Soledad Perez. Among many things, she covers hurricanes and other natural disasters for the network.
Nitza Soledad Perez stories mentioned in the podcast
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