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How can climate scientists better communicate their work to the public? by Vanessa Schweizer

Postgraduate Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Climate scientists do a better job of communicating their work to the general public when they are prepared to engage respectfully with audience members who might question their message. So much more is learned when people feel that they are part of a conversation (or have been invited into one), rather than subject to a lecture that they’re not sure they find convincing. Now that we are past the stage where climate change can be averted, everyone must become involved in discussions of how to manage the consequences — and how much more climate change will be tolerable in the coming decades.

Vanessa Schweizer is a postgraduate scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Division & Integrated Science Program (ISP) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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