The Lookout Station

A space connecting journalism and science communities
Digital storytelling about climate change

The Lookout Station is...

a new initiative that connects media and science communities around the topic of climate change, with ‘digital innovation’ as the backbone.

The initiative offers programmes for both media and science communities. It supports storytellers to produce engaging stories about climate change with 'science' in mind. It also helps scientists simplify their communication so that the storytellers can accurately report about the topic with scientific facts, data and evidence.

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The Lookout Station
"We will need more scientists speaking like journalists and more journalists thinking like scientists"
Marc Palahí
Director EFI
Dr. Marc PalahíDr. Marc PalahíDirectorEFI

The importance of Science-Media interface in the 21st century

This century is characterised by accelerated changes and unprecedented global challenges: climate change, water, energy and food security, migration crisis and biodiversity loss among others. These challenges are in one way or another related to the defining issue of our time: how to decouple economic growth from social and environmental degradation.

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Dr. Marcus LindnerDr. Marcus LindnerPrincipal Scientist Natural ScienceEFI

Making European forests more resilient is crucial in response to climate change and intensified disturbances

Trees are long-lived organisms and it usually takes 60 to 150 years from seeding or planting to the final harvesting of wood in European forests. In this period, our climate is expected to warm substantially, along with changes in rainfall patterns. Already today, we can observe impacts of climate change with increased mortality close to dry distribution limits of tree species. We will also face more extreme events and associated disturbances.

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Dr. Diana TuomasjukkaDr. Diana TuomasjukkaPrincipal Scientist Sustainable Bioeconomy ProgrammeEFI

Nature knows best: nature’s own solutions for man-made challenges

Humans love nature and want to be as close to it as possible - and at the same time well protected from its extreme conditions. Humans also want everything that nature and its ecosystems can offer, often to the extent of exploitation. Once the balance is disturbed, repairs and artificial solutions may shift the problem to other areas, or even aggravate it. So how about looking for solutions, which nature has easily to offer, and trying to understand how ecosystems work? Getting help from nature, for sustainable and balanced use of nature?

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Dr. Yitagesu Tekle TegegneDr. Yitagesu Tekle TegegneResearcher, Bioeconomy ProgrammeEFI

Baka indigenous peoples: climate change and illegal logging making their lives harder

The Baka indigenous peoples, a hunter-gatherer community, live deep in the rainforest of Congo Basin in Cameroon. Some 40 thousands Baka peoples live in the south-west of the country. Forests are everything for the community – their house, school, source of livelihood all depends on the forest. However, the Baka, especially the women, are experiencing harsher living conditions today than in the past; a situation attributed to climate change, deforestation and illegal activities.

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