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Climate communication for biologists: when a picture can tell a thousand words

Lewandowsky, Stephan and Whitmarsh, Lorraine 2018. Climate communication for biologists: when a picture can tell a thousand words. PLoS Biology 16 (10) , e2006004. 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006004

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Pictures often tell a story better than the proverbial 1,000 words. However, in connection with climate change, many pictures can be highly misleading, for example, when a snowball is used to ridicule the notion of global warming or when a picture of a dead crop is supposed to alert people to climate change. We differentiate between such inappropriate pictures and those that can be used legitimately because they capture long-term trends. For example, photos of a glacier’s retreat are legitimate indicators of the long-term mass balance loss that is observed for the vast majority of glaciers around the world.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Public Library of Science
ISSN: 1544-9173
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2018
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 11:00

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