Communicating Climate Science - HC 254

Communicating Climate Science - HC 254

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The Government is failing to clearly and effectively communicate climate science to the public. There is little evidence of co-ordination amongst Government, government agencies and public bodies on communicating climate science, despite various policies at national and regional level to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The mandate to act on climate can only be maintained if the electorate are convinced that the Government is acting on the basis of strong scientific evidence. Ministers therefore need to do more to demonstrate that is the case and consistently reflect the Government approach in all their communications, especially with the media. The report also criticises the BBC for its reporting on the issue. It points out that BBC News teams continue to make mistakes in their coverage of climate science by giving opinions and scientific fact the same weight. The BBC is called to develop clear editorial guidelines for all commentators and presenters on the facts of climate that should be used to challenge statements, from either side of the climate policy debate, that stray too far from the scientific facts. It is important that climate science is presented separately from any subsequent policy response. Government should work with the learned societies and national academies to develop a source of information on climate science that is discrete from policy delivery, comprehensible to the general public and responsive to both current developments and uncertainties in the scienceEv174 Science and Technology Committee: Evidence APPENDIX Many thanks for your letter dated 5 August. ... For example, we know that 69% of UK adults are interested in science news, and 68% of UK adults think it is important that they ... There is information about our sustainability strategy and our environment targets here: sustainability. ... 2012): assets/files/pdf/our_ work/science_impartiality/science_impartiality_followup.pdf.

Title:Communicating Climate Science - HC 254
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee, Andrew Miller
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2014-04-02

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