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A BURNING QUESTION

Earth Horizon Productions Ltd for RTE Ireland

This documentary takes a forensic look at the ever-expanding chasm between what the science of climate change is telling us and how this critical issue is being presented via the media. Presenter Duncan Stewart balances folksy interviews on the street with the questioning of experts including Prof Justin Lewis of the University of Cardiff and media advisor on climate science to the BBC.

Lewis co-authored a major work on climate change and the media and argues strongly that climate science is being hideously misrepresented in the lay media, and largely as a result of the media’s own commitment to ‘balanced reporting’.

Duncan Stewart’s documentary can be seen as a breath of fresh air in trying to bring the issue of climate change back up the agenda without being aggressive or sanctimonious. Mainstream media coverage of climate change seems generally to have suffered in direct proportion to the economic crisis, mirrored by a similar decline in public interest. Maybe it needs programmes such as this to kick-start the fightback.

Presenter and Executive Producer:   Duncan Stewart

Writer/Director:   Paula Kehoe

Producer:    Marcus Stewart

Commissioning Executive RTE:   Brian Walsh

A BURNING QUESTION is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 10:05 on Friday 13th July 2012. A full festival programme can be found here.