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Fatal Attraction Between Poverty and Climate Change: More Than A Billion Lives in the Balance

According to the World Bank, there are currently over 1.4 billion people live at the poverty line. "Poverty" here is defined as an economic condition of lacking both money and basic necessities needed to successfully live, such as food, water, education, healthcare, and shelter. However, "poverty" may therefore also be defined as the economic condition of lacking predictable and stable means of meeting basic life needs. Ironically, guarding economic growth is often the key consideration in climate-change negotiations even though economic growth is the main driver of climate change, however the UNFCCC are increasingly focusing on science-based decision making and scientists are increasingly exposing the impact of economic growth on the environment.

The research thesis highlights the current conflict between humans and nonhumans in a competition for natural resources for survival. This conflict can also be seen between groups of humans when competing economies scour the globe for resources and prevent their competitors from acquiring more favourable positions, which resonates with  is described as the "politics of scarcity."

In this context, issues related to climate change in these poor societies have usually generated policy debates about their causes and consequences that resulted from the huge gap between the science of climate change and the politicized news coverage in the light of economic crises. This situation ended with a dysfunctional aspect of the science-policy interface.

The aim of this study, the transnational network on climate change, is to look on how the world summits of climate change as transnational media events in the poor countries. Based on an empirical study we will discuss some similarities in the performance of journalists and highlight the complex dynamics of framing involved in-between the "global" and the "local" in such journalistic moments in these poor countries.

A sample of countries are drawn that include Bangladesh, Egypt, El Salvador and Indonesia, where they all belong to lower-middle income countries ($1,006 to $3,975) except Bangladesh that belongs to lower income countries ($1,005 or less) nations according to the World Bank classification of low income and lower to middle income nations.

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