A webinar with Sarah Kaplan, climate reporter at the Washington Post, and Anna Pirani, senior research associate at CMCC and IPCC author. The webinar is part of the Foresight Dialogues webinar series, organized in the context of the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra” initiative.
Reporters, scientists, data visualization designers: public awareness of climate change calls for close collaboration among many skills, disciplines and knowledge. A dialogue between Sarah Kaplan, climate reporter at the Washington Post, and Anna Pirani, senior research associate on climate risk and transformative adaptation strategies with CMCC and IPCC author, to share experiences and points of view of climate change reporting.
The CMCC webinar “Journalism and science: narratives of climate change” brought together the expertise of journalist Sarah Kaplan in reporting climate change in newspapers and digital media with the point of view of climate scientist Anna Pirani, who takes part in the most comprehensive review on climate sciences, such as the IPCC Assessment Report, and collaborates with visual designers to co-create data visualization and provide accessible information to understand complex content on climate change issues.
Sarah Kaplan is a climate reporter working for the Washington Post, covering humanity’s response to a warming world. “Being a climate reporter can actually mean a lot of different things now, which is kind of exciting,” said Kaplan. “I think that for many years news organizations tended to view covering climate change as a purely scientific branch, but only in recent years we started to cover climate as the all-encompassing society-wide issue that it is.”
That’s why in the past few years, as Kaplan described during the webinar, influential news outlets started to invest more resources and efforts on climate change reporting.