Climate change

Many of these videos are of journalists and scientists who attended workshops on improving climate change communications, a joint venture of MSU’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, the Society of Environmental Journalists, MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station, the National Science Foundation and the Great Lakes Climate Change Education Partnership.

In the first group scientists and journalists reflect on their interaction and on the challenges of communicating climate change. The second group features research on journalists who report on climate change. The third group presents climate change science in the Great Lakes region.

Scientists and journalists

Climate change communication challenges, barriers and common ground for journalists and scientists

Journalists’ and scientists’ climate change perspectives

What is climate change?

Benefits of the journalist/scientist interaction

Political influence on communicating climate change science

The messengers

Climate change reporting challenges: Declining reporters mean less time on the beat, undermining the single greatest predictor of accuracy. David Poulson, associate director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

Explaining weather and climate and other new ways of reaching the public with climate change news: David Poulson, associate director, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism

How climate change media coverage influences judgments and decisions of the public, policymakers, experts, journalists and NGOs Matthew Nisbet, American University School of Communication

The science

Projected climate changes in the Great Lakes region, Jeff Andresen, department of geography, Michigan State University

Climate change impacts on the Laurentian Great Lakes, John Magnuson, Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Climate change and human health Scott Sheridan, associate professor, department of Geography Kent State University

The challenges of displacing fossil fuels with cellulosic biofuels Stephen Hamilton, professor of Ecosystem Ecology & Biogeochemistry, Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Monitoring longterm ecological trends and services, Phil Robertson, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Science and the director of the NSF Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program in Agricultural Ecology at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station