Climate Change: Journalism’s Greatest Challenge

On-demand Youtube version of the Twitter video live-stream which had 14.5k viewers: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1vOxwypYWoRGB
Alan Rusbridger’s copious notes taken during this lecture in Oxford. Source: https://twitter.com/arusbridger/status/1489312327392452610
The Guardian, Styleguide. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/guardian-observer-style-guide-c
The Guardian, style guide. Source: https://www.theguardian.com/guardian-observer-style-guide-c
Map of 188 known cognitive biases. Source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/all-188-cognitive-biases.html
Chart that shows results of a survey amongst 10.000 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 across ten countries, asking how they feel about climate change.
Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02582-8
Chart of ‘European Moments Survey’ about young European’s attitudes to climate change and their governments’ responses to climate change.
Source: “European Moments Study”, Oxford University: https://europeanmoments.com/young-europeans/climate
World Economic Forum, ‘Global Risks Report 2022’. Source: https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-risks-report-2022/in-full/chapter-2-degrees-of-disorderly-climate-transition#chapter-2-degrees-of-disorderly-climate-transition
  1. Basic climate literacy for journalists also means to know where you can look up reliable, peer-reviewed information about climate change.
  2. It should also include knowing the dramatic difference between the effects of a global warming of 1.5 degree versus 2 degrees over pre-industrial times, let alone the effects of a global warming to 2.4 degrees which is the mid-range of what we are currently headed to.
  3. Lastly, journalists should know where to look up reliable figures on greenhouse gas emissions by country and sector and how they stack up against our remaining emission budgets globally — or by country, where such national budgets have been formulated. Because without these two goal posts -the current emissions of a country or sector and the remaining emission budgets — most news stories about new climate-relevant technologies, policies or reduction commitments are really missing their necessary context and can leave a sense of confusion behind.
Screenshots of Financial Times, Washington Post and WBUR.
Screenshot of Financial Times. Source: https://www.ft.com/content/e9884cee-bb85-4fae-9ae9-7d3edf26c35d
Screenshots: Bloomberg Green / Sky News UK
Source: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/global-warmings-six-americas-a-review/
Source: Professor David Holmes, Monah Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Australia. https://www.monash.edu/mcccrh
Source: Professor David Holmes, Monah Climate Change Communication Research Hub, Australia. https://www.monash.edu/mcccrh
Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-01714-4.epdf
Screenshot: Source: https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/

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Co-Founder Oxford Climate Journalism Network / Trustee Director, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Prior: Global Chief Operating Officer Condé Nast.

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