Globally, Southeast Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. In just the past few months alone, the region has already experienced a typhoon in the Philippines, two tsunamis in Indonesia, and a tropical storm in Thailand. In the face of the complex challenges that climate change poses to the region, journalists are in a unique position to inform the future of the region. We look at some climate journalism highlights on Southeast Asia in the past year.
Giving audiences new ways to grasp the urgency and scale of climate change has never been more important, with some naming 2019 the year of the climate reporter. With climate change no longer a distant scientific projection into the future, journalists are tasked with writing the new language of climate change.
This year, that meant exciting and bold (and frightening) new visuals to show readers exactly how much has changed in their lifetime, and how close we are to the edge. See some of our favorite visual data stories of the year below:
This week, we highlight pieces at The Nation that lead the way in the most informative and up-to-date climate reporting. Vietnam News also writes some powerful news pieces on climate change and global warming, while a piece at New Naratif laments Indonesia’s progress on climate goals.
James Chavula is an award-winning journalist in Malawi. Since attending a Climate Tracker training, he’s diversified his coverage to how the average Malawian is affected profoundly by climate change.