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).

This contrasts with many reports in international journals confirming the relationship between carbon emissions, global warming and extreme weather events.