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The environment: Guardian updates style guide

The Guardian has updated its style guide to introduce terms that it thinks more accurately describe the environmental crises facing the world.

The environment: Guardian updates style guide
Katharine Viner: “We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise.” Photograph: Agustin Lautaro on Unsplash

Instead of “climate change” the preferred terms are “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming”, although the original terms are not banned.

“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” said Guardian News & Media editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. “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 update to the Guardian’s style guide follows the addition of the global carbon dioxide level to the Guardian’s daily weather pages in April this year.