The Economist launches climate change education series for students

The Economist has launched an educational series – Climate Briefs – for students with six bi-weekly articles.

The announcement:

The Economist launches weekly Climate Briefs

The weekly Climate Briefs, aimed at students, begins with analysis of the history and politics of global warming

Today The Economist launches a new six-week series, Climate Briefs, aimed at educating students about climate change. The series will consist of six, two-page articles released weekly online and in print. The first briefing, “A challenge without precedent” focuses on the politics of climate action and can be read online today and in The Economist’s April 25th issue.

Upcoming Climate Briefs topics will include:

Modelling the greenhouse effect

The carbon cycle, present and future

The impacts and their timescales

Engineering an energy transition

The imperative of adaptation

The Economist has run occasional series of primers on topical subjects since the early 1980s. These series, originally called “schools briefs” were designed to help students prepare for school – and anyone else looking for rigorous yet accessible explanation.

The Climate Briefs will be part of a dedicated climate change hub that includes five of The Economist’s most recent climate stories.

The Climate Briefs will be continued with three explanatory videos from Economist Films, set to launch weekly as the written series ends, which will break down the essentials of climate change. These are in addition to an existing fortnightly climate change newsletter, rounding up the best of the newspaper’s climate-change analysis. https://www.economist.com/theclimateissue/

Originally scheduled for later in the year, the Climate Briefs were brought forward in response to the increased appetite for The Economist’s journalism during the covid-19 pandemic. Additionally, The Economist recently launched “the world after covid-19” a series of bylined editorials from prominent leaders and the newspaper has expanded its Books and arts section to include “Home entertainment” where readers can learn about a television series, film, music, a game or a classic book to help fill their time indoors. More daily digital stories can be found on The Economist’s homepage “The Economist Today” and correspondents based around the world are publishing diaries to give readers insights into how different societies are adapting to an unprecedented crisis. All of The Economist’s coronavirus coverage can be found here: https://www.economist.com/news/2020/03/11/the-economists-coverage-of-the-coronavirus

Source: The Economist media release


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