Why climate experts are criticizing a Hawaii headline from ABC News
As part of its reporting on the devastating wildfires in Hawaii, ABC News published an article Tuesday with the headline “Why climate change can’t be blamed for the Maui wildfires.”
That headline, which has now been edited to add a hedging “entirely” after “blamed,” topped a story pointing out the lack of attribution studies tying climate change to the wildfires.
Reporter Emily Atkin, who runs the climate crisis-focused newsletter Heated, went straight to the article’s sources to ask if the headline phrasing accurately reflected their comments. It didn’t.
“Climate change absolutely...