South Africa's Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science (ACCESS) hosted the first in a series of workshops for scientists and journalists. The event aimed to inform the general public on science-related news that have an impact on their and the planet's future.
The workshop, titled “Reporting the science of climate change” took place in Pretoria, South Africa, from 4 to 5 June 2012. It focused on climate change science, as well as on key risks to Southern Africa, national and regional response strategies, and particularly on how best to communicate complex information to the general public.
Interview with Dr Guy Midgley, Director of climate change at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and participant from the world of science: "Journalists should be able to say to scientists, ‘I don't understand you, and therefore there is no way that my readership is going to understand you. Could you explain it in simple terms?'"
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