Guide to climate change communications released

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has released a media guide for IPCC authors to help communicate to the public the complex information required to understand climate change.

Commissioned by the IPCC Working Group I Technical Support Unit, the guide is designed to help scientists better communicate the enormous body of knowledge behind climate change models that predict dire consequences for the planet unless something is done to limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees.

One of the scientists who reviewed the guide, Dr Valérie Masson Delmotte (Co-chair of IPCC WGI) said she would have valued such guidance when she was first involved as an IPCC author.

The guide sets out six principles for effective communication, ahead of the IPCC’s 1.5 degrees special report later this year.

Just like the IPCC reports themselves, it's thought that the way IPCC authors engage with the public should also be based on the best available evidence.

With a wealth of research on the science of climate change communication and a focus on practical tips and case studies, this guide serves as a valuable resource for IPCC authors - as well as the wider scientific community - to engage audiences on the subject of climate change.

The guide can be downloaded here.

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