Climate resources for media

We have compiled a list of useful climate resources for journalists and media outlets. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see added that could help you in your reporting: comms@rmets.org

 

Climate briefing papers

 

Spokespeople

  • We have several spokespeople available from the Royal Meteorological Society 

    • Prof Liz Bentley FRMetS – Chief Executive

    • Kirsty McCabe FRMetS – Communications Officer and Editor of MetMatters

    • Hannah Mallinson – Science Engagement Manager

    • Dr Sylvia Knight FRMetS – Head of Education

    • Prof David Griggs FRMetS - President

  • We are also able to recommend speakers from our membership, please contact comms@rmets.org with any requests

  • Search for a Climate Change Expert within the COP26 Universities Network

 

RMetS climate-focused publications

 

Useful resources

 

Recent MetMatters blogs on climate

 

Science Council – Connected for COP26

 

Upcoming significant dates for 2021-2022

 

Climate Comms training

Over the last three years, the Society has been working alongside broadcasters and climate scientists to deliver climate change communication training for broadcast meteorologists, producers and journalists from ITV, BBC and Sky. These courses aim to refresh and deepen knowledge about climate change, enabling teams to develop a wider understanding of climate science, causes of climate change, the link between extreme weather events and climate change, and the social and economic impacts of climate change.

As well as providing guidance on where to find reliable and up-to-date information; the aim of the training is to ensure broadcast meteorologists have the knowledge to answer (often difficult) climate-related questions. Alongside this, we aim to support journalists in reporting accurately and effectively on climate change at a local level, making it relevant to their audience.

The courses are designed to be interactive, with discussion and exercises helping the delegates to learn by sharing experiences and to take an active role in their learning. We aim to help to build confidence amongst presenters and reporters when discussing climate in relation to weather events, which supports more factual reporting about climate change in a way that is accessible to a general audience.

Matt Taylor, BBC Broadcast Meteorologist said:

“It was an immensely engaging and interactive course that explored every aspect of climate change. Through real environmental examples and references to past climate, it helped give us ways to communicate the facts”

We are also now working with ITV to deliver top-up courses focused around COP26 and providing the latest climate news and we have just partnered with the PRCA to deliver courses in 2022. 

PRCA Climate Change Communications Course with RMetS

If you are a media outlet interested in finding out more about the training we can provide to support your staff. Please contact ella.clarke@rmets.org

 

Image credit: Neil Baker / Climate Visuals Countdown