Covering Global Climate Change and Adaptation from the Ground Up

Sunday, February 21, 2010: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Room 1B (San Diego Convention Center)
While countries grapple at the national and international level with how to curb greenhouse gas emissions, concern is growing about how to cope with the widespread environmental impact that may be occurring or may be inevitable in years to come from emissions already in the atmosphere. Experts suggest that climate change may contribute to or worsen drought and diminish access to fresh water and food supplies, increase wildfires, and threaten coastal communities as sea level rises. The possible impacts and their severity will vary widely by region. The media play a crucial role in conveying accurate information about both the science and the possible impacts in local areas, as well as what can be done to help communities adapt to the changes to come. This is a particular challenge in developing countries that might be hardest hit by climate change but do not have a trained group of science and environmental journalists. This symposium will provide a variety of viewpoints about how the media in both developed and developing countries can better cover the local story on the front lines of climate change. Numerous efforts are underway to improve coverage by training local reporters and networking them through local, national, and international science journalism organizations. How to improve local coverage of this global problem will be explored, and the audience will be encouraged to exchange ideas about what is being done in communities around the globe.
Cristine Russell, Harvard University
Deborah Blum, University of Wisconsin
and Phillip Hilts, MIT's Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Cristine Russell, Harvard University
David Dickson,
and James McCarthy, Harvard University
Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
California and Climate Change: Earth, Wind, and Fire
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