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Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

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ESEP 9:1-4 (2009)  -  DOI:

Science communication in a changing world

Stephanie Suhr*

International Ecology Institute, Nordbünte 23, 21385 Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany
Present address: European X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility, Albert-Einstein-Ring 19, 22607 Hamburg, Germany

ABSTRACT: With science being part of millions of people’s everyday lives and topics penetrating politics and grabbing headlines, effective and accurate communication of science may be more important today than ever. Decisions have to be made in response to big issues such as climate change, declining biodiversity, ocean health and securing adequate food supplies for the growing world population, to name a few. However, most news readers, listeners and viewers have limited or no scientific education on which to base their opinions, and limited knowledge of where and how to find objective information. Aggravating this is the recent cut-back of entire departments specializing in science journalism at major news outlets. The contributions to this Theme Section present some of the many challenges facing science journalism and science communication in a changing world.

KEY WORDS: Science communication · Science journalism · Journalism ethics

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Cite this article as: Suhr S (2009) Science communication in a changing world. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 9:1-4.

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