Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Climate negotiations ? What climate negotiations? The Italian press ignores COP21

Can you spot the box about the climate negotiation in Paris in the site of the Italian newspaper "Quotidiano.Net"? It takes a certain effort, but it is right there, the third in the right column, just below the news about soccer and just above the news about a pornstar.

In the image on the right, you can have a better idea of the prominence given by QN to the Paris conference (look at the text circled in red). And QN, a major coalition of newspapers in Italy, is not alone in ignoring the COP21. Here are the results of a brief survey that I made on the web pages of the major Italian dailies today.

La Repubblica. "repubblica.it" (the main "progressive," so to say, newspaper in Italy). The climate negotiations are the n. 7 in the list of the news. The first is terrorism, then there is the Pope, the need of economic growth, something about AIDS, scandals in Rome, etc.

La Stampa. "lastampa.it"  Mainstream "moderate" newspaper: the climate negotiations are n. 12.

Il Corriere. "ilcorriere.it". Moderate newspaper. One brief paragraph mentions Hollande's declarations on terrorism and climate. It is n. 3 in the list.

Il Giornale "Ilgiornale.it" - (extreme right): no mention of the climate negotiations

Libero. "Liberoquotidiano.it" (extreme xenophobic right) - no mention of the climate negotiations.

In terms of communication success, this is not an auspicious start for the climate negotiations. Better said, it is a complete flop, at least in Italy.


  1. A terrible performance by the Italian press and probably worse than for other European countries. . Any particular reasons for that?

  2. Wow. The US isn't much with news coverage on climate in general, but even here it's had a little more coverage. After the tragic mass shooting in California, though, that might change.



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome and the author of "Extracted: how the quest for mineral resources is plundering the Planet" (Chelsea Green 2014). His most recent book is "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017)