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Global media coverage on climate change on a downward trend

  • Published at 02:42 am August 20th, 2018
Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh released the "Annual Media Track Report 2017"and presented the Media and Climate Change Observatory survey during a program at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity in the capital on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Mahadi Al Hasnat/Dhaka Tribune

The international media has displayed less interest in global warming and climate change throughout the last decade (2008-2018), says a survey 

Coverage on climate change issues in global print media has been reducing since 2009, according to a survey conducted by the Media and Climate Change Observatory (MeCCO).

The survey, carried out from 2004 to 2017 on 50 newspapers of 25 countries, shows that the international media has been displaying less interest in global warming and climate change throughout the last decade (2008-2018), with the interest reaching its lowest in 2011.

In 2015, the climate change issue regained its importance in global media following the Paris Agreement, but rate of coverage fell down about 7% in November 2017 compared to November 2016, the survey says.

According to MeCCO, the downward tendency of media coverage was especially high in North America, as the rate reduced by about 12% in December 2017 compared to December 2016.

Network on Climate Change, Bangladesh (NCC,B), a non-governmental organization in the country, presented the MeCCO survey while unwrapping the "Annual Media Track Report 2017" at a program held at Dhaka Reporters' Unity on Sunday.

The NCC,B report was based on the analysis of climate change related news covered by five Bangla and English newspapers in Bangladesh in 2017.

The report analyzed the frequency and the quality of climate change related news published in three Bangla dailies – Prothom Alo, Janakantha and Kaler Kantho – and two English dailies – The Daily Star and The Independent.

Kaler Kantho’s Senior Reporter Nikhil Bhadra presented the summery of the report. Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Chairman Shah Alamgir was present as the chief guest.

Citing an unpublished PIB research, speakers at the program said that although some 10 Bangladeshi newspapers – Prothom Alo, Jugantar, Ittefak, Samakal, Daily Star, The Independent, Dainik Azadi and Dainik Purbakon – had used about 76% of total print area, only 2.6% featured climate change news.

Alamgir said that journalists in Bangladesh had a lot of limitations, and climate change related news was usually published the most during monsoon, when natural disasters strike.

"The media in our country needs to put more importance on climate change issues, and in turn keeping the government and the people alert,” he said.

He added that PIB would take initiatives to train journalists and build more capacity to cover climate change issues in the country. 

Alamgir also urged the people to participate in climate change campaigns and work to save the country, which is currently at a vulnerable state.

NCC,B Trust Coordinator Mizanur Rahman Bijoy and Bangladesh Climate Change Journalists Forum President Kawser Rahman also spoke at the program.

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