The network’s very first story about climate change had a duration of 30 minutes and focused on how human behavior and attitudes are contributing to the lack of action to address climate change. The program even referred to “man-made global warming” and acknowledged the increasing frequency of extreme weather and rising sea levels.
Al Jazeera America’s 30 minutes of climate reporting represents nearly 50% of what was seen on all nightly new programs in 2012, including popular shows like Anderson Cooper 360, Erin Burnett OutFront, and Hannity.
Al Jazeera America investigated public opinion on climate science and acknowledged and presented different opinions on climate policy. Some critics noted the network did not offer opposing viewpoints as a counterbalance. The station.
The reports focused on climate change impact and addressed how to mitigate the effects through political action. No politicians were interviewed, however, Klaus Jacob, Heidi Cullen, and Michael Mann, all climatologists, were interviewed.
Most notably, Al Jazeera America did not waver once in making clear that climate change is man-made. The 30 minute climate change program treated the issue as a fact and climatology and the science of global warming as a given.