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Oct 9, 2023

In episode 193 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Michael Coren, a journalist from the Washington Post who writes the Climate Coach Advice column. We go behind the scenes and learn how a national newspaper like the Wash Post covers climate change. Several major newspapers have expanded their climate coverage in the last couple years and you’ll learn how the Post has structured that coverage.  We also discuss some of the diverse topics he covers in his “Climate Coach” column and his increasing focus on climate adaptation. The conversation also touches on climate skepticism and the state of climate action in California, showcasing Michael's unique perspective and expertise in the field of climate journalism. The episode starts with a short interview with Laur Hess Fisher from MIT who shares a preview of Season 5 of the Today I Learned Climate Podcast.   

Transcript of the episode available here.

Topics Covered:

  • How a major newspaper covers climate change
  • The Climate Coach advice column
  • Should the media use the phrase “natural disaster”?
  • Should Adaptation be covered differently by the news media?
  • Climate Skepticism: an underreported story?
  • Science and climate journalism
  • MIT’s “Today I Learned Climate Podcast” Season 5 Preview

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