Earlier this week, I argued that a fundamental shift was needed in climate change communication strategy and that the shift meant refocusing news coverage on urban areas rather than arctic regions:

Climate change needs to be repackaged around core ideas and values that a majority of Americans already care about. This means shifting the public lens away from distant arctic regions, socially remote people and places, or consequences far off in the future, and instead recasting climate change as an urban problem with local impacts and solutions.

Now comes this report from Cristine Russell at Columbia Journalism Review online. Russell, a fellow at Harvard University, details a conference that brought together environmental and land use reporters to discuss how these important urban dimensions and angles can be effectively covered.