‘Give more coverage to climate change’ [News]

December 9, 2011 by  
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By Jessica Cheam, The Straits Times, 9 Dec 2011.

There is far less coverage of climate change – an important topic affecting billions of people – than coverage of conflicts.

Media organisations, especially in Asia, should devote more resources to reports on environmental issues, says a senior United Nations official.

In recent days, publications around the world have given far fewer column centimetres to the UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, than the conflict in Afghanistan, said Mr Shun-ichi Murata, deputy executive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).

‘It is an important conflict, but so is climate change, and it has far-reaching consequences for billions of people,’ he told The Straits Times on the sidelines of the Media Leaders’ Forum at Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday.

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Source: The Straits Times

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