Climate resources for media

In the lead up to COP26, 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

  • https://unfccc.int/ - Official website of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  • https://www.ipcc.ch/ - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change.

  • https://ukcop26.org/ - the official website for UK COP26

  • https://beis.frontify.com/d/TVB3fZEuWNbm/tfop-co - Together for our Planet toolkit

  • https://climatevisuals.org/ - an evidence-based climate change image library

  • https://www.climatewatchdata.org/ - Climate Watch offers open data, visualisations and analysis to help policymakers, researchers and journalists gather insights on countries' climate progress.

  • https://climatefeedback.org/ - a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage.

  • https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/ - providing journalists with information about science and its related disciplines; making it easier to get access to the best science and scientists when science stories are making the headlines.

  • https://www.carbonbrief.org/ - UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. Publishing a wide range of content, including science explainers, interviews, analysis and fact checks, as well as daily and weekly email summaries of newspaper and online coverage.

  • https://skepticalscience.com/ - explaining what peer-reviewed science has to say about global warming and dispelling myths.

  • https://www.worldweatherattribution.org/ - an international effort to analyse and communicate the possible influence of climate change on extreme weather events

  • https://www.ukclimaterisk.org/ - where all the information about the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment is hosted, including the latest evidence report published in June 2021.

 

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 COP-26 and providing the latest climate news. 

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