Climate change and environmental risk is one of the major issues in the twenty first century. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has asserted serious concern over anthropogenic climate change in various times. Complexity of environmental issues, comprehension gaps for these matters and language of science topic stands as barrier between mass audience and the matter itself. Mass media undeniably is the major role player in stimulating public debate and shaping public opinion on scientific questions and issues as well as in policymaking process. In this paper, coverage of climate change in three leading newspapers of India has been analyzed since February 2005 to January 2010. The study includes qualitative and comparative content analysis of three major English dailies of India–The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express. Order of the journalistic norms for presentation of this global issue has also been analyzed. This study also reflects public-participation throughout the time span that takes in to two major events in climate change movement–Kyoto protocol and Copenhagen summit.

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Trends in climate change coverage in India
A case study of three leading national newspapers in India

Bharati Bharali   Centre for Mass Communication and Journalism, Cotton College

Climate change and environmental risk is one of the major issues in the twenty first century. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has asserted serious concern over anthropogenic climate change in various times. Complexity of environmental issues, comprehension gaps for these matters and language of science topic stands as barrier between mass audience and the matter itself. Mass media undeniably is the major role player in stimulating public debate and shaping public opinion on scientific questions and issues as well as in policymaking process. In this paper, coverage of climate change in three leading newspapers of India has been analyzed since February 2005 to January 2010. The study includes qualitative and comparative content analysis of three major English dailies of India–The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express. Order of the journalistic norms for presentation of this global issue has also been analyzed. This study also reflects public-participation throughout the time span that takes in to two major events in climate change movement–Kyoto protocol and Copenhagen summit.

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