Climate Change and the News: Impacts in Marine & Coastal Environments

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Seminar on Climate Policy & Economics | Climate Change and the News Initiative

April 24-25, 2014
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Metcalf Institute, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, held a Climate Change Seminar for Journalists: Climate Change Impacts in Marine and Coastal Environments.  The seminar was offered free of charge to all journalists wishing to improve their coverage of climate change and provided a foundational understanding of the most critical climate change impacts affecting the ocean and coastal communities.

This seminar included an interactive session with award-winning environment reporters who provided guidance on how to craft a compelling story for local and regional audiences out of globally significant climate change research, an extraordinarily challenging topic for both reporters and news audiences.

Seminar topics included:

April 24

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. — Introduction to Climate Change Science & Policy
    A summary of the state of climate change science, underscoring global and regional observations, predictions and social and economic impacts from the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as well as an overview of domestic policy and politics related to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. — Ocean Acidification and Ecosystem Impacts
    Speakers described observed and projected regional effects of warming temperatures, changing ocean currents and chemistry, and changing precipitation patterns as well as the implications of these changes on marine life and ecosystems.

April 25

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Shoreline Change and How to Bring Life to Climate Change Stories
    This session explored observed and projected regional changes in sea level, as well as the implications of related storm surge, coastal flooding, and erosion for coastal communities, infrastructure, and public policy. The session concluded with an interactive discussion with accomplished reporters whose reporting on climate change has been lauded for its accuracy, accessibility, and originality. Speakers provided insights and tips on how to cover these difficult but broadly relevant stories.

About the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Environmental Change and Security Program
The Woodrow Wilson Center is “a living memorial” to our nation’s 28th president, gathering some of the best and brightest scholars and experts from around the world to inform the nation’s public policy debates with nonpartisan, non-advocacy research and information. For 20 years, the Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) has explored the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. ECSP attracts international experts to our dynamic events and webcasts, and shares new research and analysis through our award-winning ECSP Report, New Security Beat blog, and documentary films.

About the Pulitzer Center
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.  The Center’s educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.  The Pulitzer Center is a bold initiative, in keeping with its deep ties to the family whose name for more than a century has been a watchword for journalistic independence, integrity, and courage.

The Climate Change Seminar on Impacts in Marine and Coastal Environments was supported by The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment,  Town Creek Foundation, and The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment with in-kind support from The Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Pulitzer Center.

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