The situation with global warming in the U.S. media is truly strange.

In the political press, the issue is pretty much invisible. There are lots of good stories in the science and health departments, but there are very, very few daily reporters tasked with exploring all the facets of what is likely to be the biggest story of the century.

So what’s it like for those few reporters that do follow it?

For a brief but fascinating glimpse, check out this post from Bill Blakemore, who covers global warming full-time for ABC News. It’s about the psychological effect of understanding an enormously dangerous and consequential story before the public at large does.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

It will be a relief — albeit a sad one — as more and more of the public begins to acknowledge and deal with the true scale and impact of this story, as seems to be happening now, so that we who cover it may come to feel less isolated.