Journalism | The Environment in the News
C201 | 30215 | Steven Higgs


In 1992, some 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists issued a document titled the “World
Scientists Warning to Humanity” that said, “If not checked, many of our current practices …
may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know.”
Nearly two decades later, the news is replete with stories about climate change, species
extinctions, toxic pollution (inside and outside the human body), epidemics of
environmentally induced diseases and conditions (especially in children) and other
environmental disasters of unprecedented proportions, from autism to the BP oil spill. This
course will examine how well the media meets its responsibility to enlighten citizens on the
environmental challenges they face.