This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 11: Lost in the Smog
Lost in the Smog
It was a long, hot journey on a polluted highway along Gujarat's coast. We were travelling with scientists studying sea level rise and coastal erosion in south Gujarat's fishing villages. The young research assistant was eager to explain global warming to us. ‘You know, these cars emit ozone, which is a greenhouse gas,’ he said. I tried to explain that it was carbon dioxide. But he was adamant. Who can question a scientist?
If this the level of environmental science in India, you can imagine the standards of environmental journalism. Most journalists have to depend on scientific research on matters concerning the environment. But if there isn't much research, where do we turn?
Lack of Scientific Research
As a journalist, one ...