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To: The BBC Director-General (currently Tony Hall, Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE)

BBC news reporting should feature a regular climate change report

BBC news reporting should feature a regular climate change report

BBC news reports regularly on events, weather and sports. There's one thing missing from this list -- a climate change report.

Why is this important?

The BBC has a responsibility to licence fee payers to report items of interest to the general public. Arguably, the single most important newsworthy item both now, and into the foreseeable future, is global warming and climate change.

Now, more than ever, national -- and international -- education on the facts of human-induced climate change is ever more relevant for informed debate on action. The BBC is perfectly placed to take a leadership role in this important area.

Featuring a climate change report in the BBC's standard programming schedule would be immensely useful in counteracting the ongoing, and very damaging, effects of myths and misinformation.

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Reasons for signing

  • It's the right thing to do, at the very very least!
  • It is important to get information and facts about our climate-future and especially usefull ones to the masses.
  • It's time for the media to have more impact. BBC is watched by a lot of people, and with this in action, will definitely help bring about the change we need.

Updates

2016-04-13 10:32:40 -0400

Some not-so light relief... https://conservationbytes.com/2016/04/13/cartoon-guide-to-biodiversity-loss-xxxvi/

2015-11-18 04:18:08 -0500

There's lots of activity on the climate change front at present, such as President Obama finally rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/06/obama-rejects-keystone-xl-pipeline
the upcoming COP21 in Paris http://www.cop21paris.org/
and of course the scandal of how Exxon has deliberately funded climate change misinformation for years.

A climate change news spot would be a handy anchor to link such items together!

2014-06-04 07:44:26 -0400

Murdoch-owned media hypes lone metereologist's climate junk science - The Guardian, 16 May 2014, by Nafeez Ahmed
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/may/16/murdoch-media-hypes-lone-climate-denial-big-oil

2014-04-19 02:44:39 -0400

The public remains unconvinced due to media 'balance' - The Guardian, 11 April 2014, by Dana Nuccitelli
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/apr/11/climate-change-research-quality-imbalance

2014-04-05 05:34:21 -0400

Muddled impartiality is still harming climate coverage - New Scientist, 03 April 2014 by Bob Ward
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25353-muddled-impartiality-is-still-harming-climate-coverage.html

2014-04-02 21:16:42 -0400

500 signatures reached

2013-09-03 07:03:21 -0400

100 signatures reached

2013-09-03 05:23:08 -0400

50 signatures reached

2013-09-03 04:07:54 -0400

25 signatures reached

2013-08-23 13:15:33 -0400

10 signatures reached