As extreme hurricanes and extensive wildfires proliferate around the globe, an internet search suggests that, in reporting these events, the words “climate change” are rare. Some exceptions include the SMH and The Guardian, but numerous ABC reports of the Houston floods have neglected to mention climate change at all (for example here, here, here, here and here).
Don’t mention the climate: what’s missing from Houston floods reporting
Media reports like the phrase "once in 50 years" to describe catastrophic weather events. But as earth and paleoclimate scientistDr Andrew Glikson writes, those events are no longer rare. And we know why.