Guardian newspaper updates style guide to reflect climate catastrophe

British newspaper The Guardian has updated its style guide to reflect the seriousness of the issue of climate change.

In fact the paper won’t use the term “climate change” and will instead call it a “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown.”

They will also use “global heating” over “global warming.”

Editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner said:

“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue
“The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.
“Increasingly, climate scientists and organisations from the UN to the Met Office are changing their terminology, and using stronger language to describe the situation we’re in,”

The paper will also use the term “wildlife” rather than “biodiversity”, “fish populations” instead of “fish stocks” and “climate science denier” rather than “climate sceptic”.

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