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In the July 7 issue of Rolling Stone, Al Gore describes how the news media is letting major polluters and right-wing ideologues get away with erasing the basic distinction between truth and lies about climate change.
"Is the climate crisis real?" he asks. "Yes, of course it is. Pause for a moment to consider the these events of just the past 12 months." Click through for examples of extreme weather events – from droughts to floods to record heat – from the past year that point to profound and damaging climate trends.
"These extreme events are happening in real time," Gore writes. "It is not uncommon for the nightly newscast to resemble a nature hike through the Book of Revelation. Yet most of the news media completely ignore how such events are connected to the climate crisis, or dismiss the connection as controversial; after all, there are scientists on one side of the debate and deniers on the other."