Climate Change Glossary – understanding global warming from A to Z

The explanatory text for this initiatives states:

“It’s a tricky story to tell. The most extreme effects of global warming will occur in the future; fear-based reporting tends to backfire; and journalists need a decent understanding of the science to hold the authorities to account.

“The obscure and impenetrable language of climate change does not help. So, as part of a project with the Open Society Foundations to help the media better report on (and for all of us to better understand) global warming, IRIN has produced this glossary of terms.”

For many, climate change still feels a distant problem.

And we know there are powerful climate change deniers in powerful political positions. It is not enough for us to shake our heads over the changing weather, or moan about the fumes belched from the vehicles in our cities, we need to understand its causes and become an integral part of the movement that will bring about the necessary change for the sake of future generations and all life on Mother Earth. 

There is an impression that the solution seems to lie with governments and industries, and also because journalists and social commentators struggle to engage with the public on the issues.

This IRIN initiative, therefore, is a very good initial start. So, if you want to know the difference between adaptation and zoonoses, you’ll find it in the attached glossary – and a lot more besides.

To access the IRIN glossary please click here:



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