Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Vulnerable nations have less climate change news

Wagdy Sawahel in Countries that are particularly vulnerable to climate change do not have above-average coverage of this issue in their media, according to a global analysis published in Global Environmental Change last month (21 August).

Most media studies in this area have been conducted in developed nations, the authors say, calling for more research of media coverage in developing nations, where they find climate change is covered but less so than in industrialised countries. The reasons may be country-specific, but they say that one possible cause is a lack of resources for science and environmental journalism in developing countries.

The researchers analysed media coverage of climate change from 1996 to 2010 in 37 leading newspapers in 27 countries, including 14 developing nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. “Developing countries in general are not obliged to pursue climate mitigation policies and therefore domestic political events or debates triggering media coverage are missing.”

Andreas Schmidt, University of Hamburg Overall, they found that climate change coverage accounted for 0.62 per cent of all articles under study, with a trend of growing media attention. On average, media coverage was lower in particularly vulnerable developing countries, such as Algeria, India and Mexico....

A newsstand in Oranie, Algeria, shot by Maya-Anaïs Yataghène, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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