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Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media

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Author’s Affiliation: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Calcutta.

 

Abstract: The Sundarbans or the ‘beautiful forest’ is a cluster of low-lying islands in the Bay of Bengal, considered as one of the natural wonders of the world, which is facing the problem of global warming since the past few decades. Global warming, climate change, increasing water level and salinity of the river as well as inlet areas are some recognized threats to the Sundarbans. This is threatening species survival, the health of natural systems and causing extinction of biodiversity. This study is a modest attempt to examine the factors because of which the burning issues of Sundarbans are almost excluded from the attention of the media in India as well as Bangladesh. This is despite the fact that various initiatives have been taken by the governments and at the private level in these two countries to conserve the Sundarbans ecosystem. The research paper summarizes findings of newspaper reports on Sundarbans, from Earth Day to World Environment Day 2017 (22 April to 5 June) of two reputed broadsheets dailies i.e. The Daily Prothom Alo (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and The Ei Samay Sangbadpatra (Kolkata, India). The youngest member of the mass communication family, the film has also been included in this paper. This is because the joint production of the two Bengali film industries has already made a lot of cinema. There is going to be more in the near future, where many issues of India and Bangladesh are getting priority, but the destruction of Sundarbans has never been the subject of any such media intervention.

Keywords: global warming, Indo-Bangladesh, mass media, Sundarbans.

First received on: 25/12/17.

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Basu, Moumita. “Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 3.1 (2018): 10-14.

APA:
Basu, M. (2018). Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 3(1), 10-14.

Chicago:
Basu, Moumita. “Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 3, no. 1, (2018): 10-14.

Harvard:
Basu, Moumita. 2018. Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 3(1), pp. 10-14.

Vancouver:
Basu, M. Global Warming: Threat to Sundarbans and the Silence of Indo-Bangladesh Mass Media. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2018; 3(1):10-14.

 

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