The Guardian newspaper updated its glossary

Good news! Because words matter, the @guardian (UK newspaper) updated its glossary in 2019 in regards with environmental news.

All journalists and editors are now expected to follow the new guidelines when referring to the following terms:

“Climate change” is replaced by “Climate emergency” or “Climate crisis” to reflect the seriousness of the situation.

“Climate sceptic” is replaced by “Climate science denier” or “Climate denier” because this is a not a debate anymore, it is a scientific fact.

“Global warming” is replaced by “global heating” as it is more accurate.

“Carbon emissions” is replaced by “greenhouse gas emissions” because carbon is not only gas to heat the atmosphere (methane, etc.)

“Fish stocks” is replaced by “Fish populations” because fish play a vital role in the ecosystem of the oceans.

“Biodiversity” is replaced by “Wildlife” because it is a more accessible word, less vague when talking about all the creatures with whom we share the planet.

This might seem as small changes, but words matter, they can be a powerful weapon to fight for the environment!

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Author: easyecotips