This is a cross-post - this article was originally
published on Adam Corner's blog Hidden heat: climate change in
The African continent has had more than its fair share of major
disasters. Some, like the Rwandan genocide in 1994, captured the
attention of the world media, and have become embedded in many
Westerners' concept of 'Africa'.
Others receive sporadic attention but drop off the news agenda
because they are not easily explainable in a two minute news item.
Millions of people have been killed in Sudan and the Democratic
Republic of Congo over the past decade, although few outside of
Africa could give you a detailed explanation of these events.
Given Africa's battle-scarred recent history, you might expect
the lack of stories on African conflicts to be the most glaring
omission in international media reporting. But according to Daniel
Kalinake, the Managing Editor of the Daily Monitor, Uganda's
leading independent newspaper, climate change has now surpassed
conflict as the most unreported issue facing Africa.