The "Arctic Frontiers" conference is dedicated to the theme of "Arctic Tipping Points", which are interpreted in various different ways by the politicians, scientists and others speaking and participating.
I've been having some interesting talks with people on one of my "pet" themes - communication of science and environment stories. A lot of the scientists seem to realise that they have to change their ways of speaking and writing to make it less "expert-speak" and easier to digest and more relevant for the general public.But I've also been talking a lot to some of the other journalists reporting from here. Some of them get annoyed by the scientists (few here in my experience) who like to go in for "journo-bashing" and blame the media for not getting the right facts across. A more interesting thing for me though was that some of them are finding it increasingly hard to report on climate-related issues because they think the "story's already been told" and hasn't provoked political action or held the attention of the general public. I haven't had that feeling in general - or so I thought, until I kept getting a kind of "deja vu" listening to the accounts of climate change impacts yesterday. Have we told the stories of melting ice, reindeer-herders, polar bears, island states being inundated too many times? On the other hand- what happens if we stop? More background on what's happening here in the Ice Blog. Any of you ejc network colleagues attending this conference by the way?
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