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Is Hollywood Doing Enough To Fight The Climate Crisis?

Long Reads, Media, Nature

Amid the gathering storms, there is growing criticism that mainstream TV news organizations and storytellers in Hollywood haven’t done enough to raise public awareness of the need for action.

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