Key climate change sources

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Friday, 14 August 2009 13:07 GMT

The IIED environment think-tank has released a list of key sources, with links, for journalists covering climate change.

It includes scientific, policy and media sources and was produced for journalists attending a ‘Reporting about Climate Change’ workshop held in London in June and co-sponsored by UNESCO.

Climate Change Media Partnership’s Roster of Experts This document (published in November 2008) contains the contact details of climate change experts who are willing to talk to journalists. It includes scientists, NGO staff, community leaders, policy advisors and others from around the world. The document was created by the Climate Change Media Partnership, set up by Internews, Panos and the International Institute for Environment and Development to support journalists who report on climate change. The partnership will publish a new edition in 2009.

Talking about a revolution: climate change and the media The paper reviews how the media reports on, and what people think about, climate change in different parts of the world. The issue has never been higher on the media’s agenda, yet problems persist in the way it is reported. While the media is not entirely to blame, it can do much to improve its telling of climate change stories.

French - Changement climatique et médias : à quand la révolution?  Spanish - Hablar de una revolución: el cambio climático y los medios de comunicación

Entangled in the web of life: biodiversity and the media Biodiversity — the variety of genes, species and ecosystems on the planet — is disappearing faster than at any time since the demise of the dinosaurs. The implications are profound, for humanity and for our efforts to tackle poverty and climate change. Yet the media has under-reported this urgent environmental challenge, partly because researchers and policymakers have failed to communicate the issues in a way that is relevant to most people. This briefing explains why biodiversity loss will be an increasingly important story in the coming years. It suggests ways for journalists to improve their reporting and make it mean more to their audiences.

Time to adapt? Media coverage of climate change in non-industrialised countries This paper is Chapter 12 in the book Climate Change and the Media, published by Peter Lang Publishing in August 2009. It reviews recent studies from Brazil, China, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Mozambique, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Vietnam, and Zambia, and discusses efforts to improve climate change journalism in these and other non-industrialised countries. Climate Change and the Media Edited by Tammy Boyce & Justin Lewis, Global Crises and the Media series, volume 5, is available through Peter Lang Publishing and most major wholesalers (paperback ISBN 978-1-4331-0460-2 / hardcover ISBN 978-1-4331-0461-9).

Research and Media Network A free online social network for journalists, scientists, policy experts, NGOs, with an interest in issues such as climate change, water, agriculture, health, biodiversity and sustainable development.

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