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Are national media changing their tune on climate change?

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Since the latest National Climate Assessment came out last week, more news organizations have been paying attention to the climate's dire state.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images file

Overall, national news media haven't effectively reported on climate change.

Kim Cobb knows this first-hand. A professor and director of Georgia Tech's Global Change Program, she's often the one called to explain climate science for journalists and audiences.

Sometimes, she's booked for a TV show and doesn't even get a chance to share her knowledge.

"I wish I had a nickel for every time I was cancelled at the last minute on cable TV," she said. 

But since the latest National Climate Assessment came out last week, she and others have noticed more news organizations paying attention to the climate's dire state. 

Cobb joined MPR News chief meteorologist Paul Huttner to talk about the state of climate change in media, its past shortfalls and where things are heading. 

Hear the conversation by using the audio player above.