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Professor Nick Pidgeon from the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, along with Dr Emily Shuckburgh and Dr Rosie Robinson, has published a summary of the findings from a survey and focus groups conducted in the UK in 2011 that looked at climate science in relation to the public and the media. The report addressed the critical issue of how climate scientists can improve their communication with the media and the general public and the media. Broadly speaking, the report investigated how effectively the main conclusions of climate science are being communicated to the general public in the UK and how communication of climate science via the news media could be used more effectively as a public engagement tool. The first key message in the report states that despite awareness that the world’s climate is changing, many feel uniformed or uninterested in the findings of climate science. Related to this, although independent scientists remain the most trusted by the public on climate change, survey evidence shows that this trust has eroded somewhat in recent years, along with that in other groups.

Figure 1: Level of trust in climate scientists to tell the truth about climate change (Q6) in the entire population and within subgroups who think climate change is happening, who think the causes of climate change are human or natural and who trust various other authority groups to give the correct information on climate change.

Figure 1: Level of trust in climate scientists to tell the truth about climate change (Q6) in the entire population and within subgroups who think climate change is happening, who think the causes of climate change are human or natural and who trust various other authority groups to give the correct information on climate change.

Following the publication of this report, a national meeting was held in Imperial College, London on the 7th November 2011. The meeting was jointly hosted by the Meteorological Office and the Royal Society of Geography. Dr Saskia Pagella and Vince Jones from the outreach team both attended

November 2012 joint meeting of the Royal Meteorological Society and Royal Geographical Society

November 2012 joint meeting of the Royal Meteorological Society and Royal Geographical Society

Access a full copy of Shuckburgh, E., Robinson, R and Pidgeon, N (2012) Climate Science, the Public and the News Media from the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) website.