The Earth’s climate has constantly been changing over geological time, but that change is occurring more rapidly than ever with disturbing impacts around the globe — such as global warming. Last year we saw record-breaking temperatures, and these weather and climate extremes are continuing into 2017. Yet despite the international scientific community’s consensus that global warming is real and primarily due to human activity, a small number of climate change sceptics continue to deny that climate change exists or that humans are causing it. Additionally, the internet and social media have magnified the problem with the large amount of information available to the public.
In this day and age — an information age — it is vital that citizens of all ages participate and understand science to better manage their lives, and more importantly, the planet we live on. As we’re all increasingly relying on the internet to get our news, responsible reporting on climate change is an essential but simultaneous challenging task for journalists. On the one hand, journalists must understand the scientific, political, economic and societal dimensions of this complex topic, making it relevant to various audiences — including those who may see climate change as unimportant or non-existent — whilst on the other hand, in the current competitive media environment, they must avoid seeking readers’ attention at the cost of their integrity and the audiences’ trust.
Julianna is a freelance science journalist. She has produced and presented award-winning radio programmes, contributed to various science publications such as BBC Earth, New Scientist and The BMJ, and has been involved in numerous film productions for the BBC NHU, Royal Institution, European Parliament and others. She holds a biology degree and masters in both developmental genetics and science communication. Since 2015, she is the Web Producer & Editor for Athens and Thessaloniki Science Festivals.
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