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Broadcast TV coverage neglected the real-life impact of climate change, focusing instead on the Trump Administration's exit from the Paris treaty and whether it accepts that warming is based on scientific reality, according to a study of 2017 news reports conducted by watchdog Media Matters. 

CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox ran 85 segments that featured Trump administration statements or speeches on climate change.

They ran four pieces each on extreme weather and public health; three on economic impact of climate change; and two on national security implications.

The White House decision to withdraw from the Paris treaty accounted for about half of its climate coverage.

Pullbacks on environmental regulation and the effort to dismantle the Obama administration's clean power plan followed.

Nineteen percent of the segments mentioned that Donald Trump had called climate change a "hoax," while 37 percent failed to challenge that claim by noting the scientific consensus supporting climate change.