Anxious about climate change? There’s a cow-farting-methane emoji for that.

Move aside, smiley faces, clapping hands and dancing ladies. Emoji are finally ready to tackle serious issues.


The project may be the first of its kind to think about visual ways to help people talk about the problems in a day-to-day, shorthand format, according to Nick Obradovich, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab who also works on climate change-related communication. “I do really think that some of the complex and sad emotions that people have about climate change, you could write out in essay form — or you could have a crying dead penguin.”

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