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The Guardian changes its terminology to reflect urgency of climate crisis

by Futures Centre, May 17
1 minute read

The British daily newspaper The Guardian released an updated style guide on writing, editing and language usage for topics in relation to environmental issues.


From now on, instead of ‘climate change’, terms such as ‘climate emergency’, ‘climate crisis’ or ‘climate breakdown’ should be used in the media’s publications. ‘Global warming’ will also be substituted by ‘Global heating’. 

Although the common terms are not banned, the editor-in-chief Katherine Viner explains, that “we want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue.” 

The style guide is valid for all the printed as well as the online newspaper and the Observer. 


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