Climate Coverage ‘Woefully Inadequate’ In Developing World, Nature Column Reports

“Throughout most of the developing world, media coverage of global warming is woefully inadequate” and ignorance about causes and projected impacts “widespread,” writer James Fahn, executive director of the Earth Journalism Network at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, writes in a recent posting to Nature Reports Climate Change.

Among challenges Fahn reports facing reporters across the developing world: weak climate science journalism training, inadequate access to peer-reviewed journals and real experts, and many scientists’ reluctance to speak with the press. Another issue – and one shared, perhaps like these points, by many in U.S. newsrooms – “editors who don’t understand climate change or [don't] think it is important to cover.” He pointed to increased interest in “donor-assisted journalism training programs” as one way to address the reporting challenges.

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