Extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, heavy rainfall, storms and droughts, are becoming more frequent and stronger in many parts of the world as a result of human-caused climate change. However, not all events are becoming more likely, and changes are uneven across the world.
These events often have widespread impacts on society, including the loss of crops and farmland, destruction of property, severe economic disruption and loss of life. Following an extreme event with severe impacts, a great deal of public interest is generated in its causes. Increasingly, the dominant question is: “Was this event caused by climate change?” This guide is intended to help journalists navigate this question.
- English | Reporting extreme weather and climate change: A guide for journalists, pdf (18 pages, 6 MB)
- Bengali | Reporting extreme weather and climate change: A guide for journalists, pdf (18 pages, 6.4 MB)
- Chinese | 极端天气和气候变化报道 世界气候归因组织编写 pdf (13 pages, 937 KB)
- French | Les évènements météorologiques extrêmes et le changement climatique: Un guide sur l’attribution pour les journalistes, pdf (18 pages, 900 KB)
- German | Über Extremwetter und den Klimawandel berichten: Ein Leitfaden für Medien, pdf (19 pages, 6.3 MB)
- Hindi | Reporting extreme weather and climate change: A guide for journalists, pdf (18 pages, 5.7 MB)
- Japanese | 極端な気象現象と気候変動をどう報道するか pdf (18 pages, 6.8 MB)
- Portuguese | Comunicando eventos extremos e mudanças climáticas: Um guia para jornalistas, pdf (19 pages, 6.1 MB)
- Spanish | Cómo informar sobre fenómenos meteorológicos extremos y cambio climático: Manual para periodistas, pdf (17 pages, 5.7 MB)
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