The publisher’s new weather reporting charter promises to make a regular link between extreme weather and climate change
The print edition will now feature daily statistics in partnership with the Met Office, putting the day’s temperatures into historical contexts. The page will also feature regular fact boxes giving context to extreme weather, new records and other trends.
The announcement coincides with the Mirror’s annual climate issue, with this year’s edition focussing on “Vanishing UK”. The issue not only concentrates on the physical disappearance of land and landmarks but also iconic parts of the country’s natural heritage, from daffodils to wild hedgehogs.
The Mirror’s editor-in-chief Alison Phillips commented on the importance of the media in reporting on climate change, saying: “Every year we focus our energy on a big climate change special edition in print and digital which often looks to the future. But the climate crisis is here in the United Kingdom right now, in big and small ways, and it’s our job to tell that story every single day.
“Over the pandemic the media has helped to give the world a crash course in virology, and now protecting ourselves from the climate crisis will call for a crash course in climate science.
“We all know how Brits love to talk about the weather – now, unfortunately, climate change is a part of that conversation.”