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How is the IPCC helping scientists talk about climate change?

Updated Tuesday, 30th January 2018
Climate change is about massive narrative and minute details. How can scientists help the wider public understand the changing planet?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the UN body charged with explaining the changing world - has produced a guide that helps scientists communicate their climate knowledge more clearly, more concisely and - crucially - more effectively to a wider public. It's produced six simple principles it suggests scientists take into consideration when talking about their work and research to a non-specialist audience. And although aimed at climate scientists, the advice holds good for any scientist looking to engage more widely.

You can download the full handbook - and read more about the thinking behind it - at, the UK charity which created the materials.


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