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Countering Climate Science Denial and Communicating Scientific Consensus  

John Cook

Scientific agreement on climate change has strengthened over the past few decades, with around 97% of publishing climate scientists agreeing that human activity is causing global warming. ... More

Determinants and Measurement of Climate Change Risk Perception, Worry, and Concern  

Sander van der Linden

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Mar 2017
Individuals, both within and between different countries, vary substantially in the extent to which they view climate change as a risk. What could explain such variation in climate change ... More

Discourse Analysis in Climate Change Communication  

Nelya Koteyko and Dimitrinka Atanasova

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Dec 2016
Discourse analysis is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that has been increasingly used by climate change communication scholars since the late 1990s. In its broadest sense, discourse ... More

Documentary and Edutainment Portrayals of Climate Change and Their Societal Impacts  

Kathryn E. Cooper and Erik C. Nisbet

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Sep 2017
As climate change becomes an increasingly serious problem, mass media are tasked with educating the public. Documentary films and television shows (also called “edutainment”) have been ... More

Economic Conditions and Public Opinion on Climate Change  

Salil Benegal and Lyle Scruggs

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Nov 2016
How do economic conditions affect public opinion about climate change? Since the early days of the modern environmental movement, people have debated three main perspectives on how ... More

Economic, Technological, and Organizational Factors Influencing News Coverage of Climate Change  

Timothy A. Gibson

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Nov 2016
Over the past two decades, the global news industry has embarked upon a major project of economic, organizational, and technological restructuring. In organizational terms, successive ... More

Effects of Rapid Climate Change on Violence and Conflict  

Courtney Plante, Johnie J. Allen, and Craig A. Anderson

Given the dire nature of many researchers’ predictions about the effects of global climate change (e.g., rising sea levels, droughts, more extreme weather), it comes as little surprise ... More

Effects of Social Media Use on Climate Change Opinion, Knowledge, and Behavior  

Ashley A. Anderson

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Mar 2017
Early research on the relationship between social media use and its relationship to climate change opinion, knowledge, and behavior suggests several positive impacts. Social media ... More

Effects of TV and Cable News Viewing on Climate Change Opinion, Knowledge, and Behavior  

Lauren Feldman

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Nov 2016
For the general public, the news media are an important source of information about climate change. They have significant potential to influence public understanding and perceptions of the ... More

Elite News Coverage of Climate Change  

Maxwell Boykoff and Gesa Luedecke

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Dec 2016
During the past three decades, elite news media have become influential translators of climate change linking science, policy, and the citizenry. Historical trends in public ... More

Engaging with Climate Change Imagery  

Saffron O'Neill

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Oct 2017
Images are a key part of the climate change communication process. The diverse and interdisciplinary literature on how people engage with visual representations of climate change is ... More

Entertainment Film and TV Portrayals of Climate Change and Their Societal Impacts  

Anthony Dudo, Jacob Copple, and Lucy Atkinson

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Sep 2017
Although there is an abundance of social scientific research focused on public opinion and climate change, there remains much to learn about how individuals come to understand, feel, and ... More

Ethics for Climate Change Communicators  

Michael Lamb

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Sep 2017
Over the last decade, scholars have devoted significant attention to making climate change communication more effective but less attention to ensuring that it is ethical. This neglect ... More

Fear Appeals in Climate Change Communication  

Joseph P. Reser and Graham L. Bradley

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Sep 2017
There is a strong view among climate change researchers and communicators that the persuasive tactic of arousing fear in order to promote precautionary motivation and behavior is neither ... More

Frame Analysis in Climate Change Communication  

Mike S. Schäfer and Saffron O'Neill

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Sep 2017
Framing—selecting certain aspects of a given issue and making them more salient in communication in order to “frame” the issue in a specific way—is a key concept in the study of ... More

Framing of Climate Change in United States Science Education  

K.C. Busch

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May 2017
Although future generations—starting with today’s youth—will bear the brunt of negative effects related to climate change, some research suggests that they have little concern about ... More

Geographies of Climate Change Belief  

Debbie Hopkins and Ezra M. Markowitz

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Sep 2017
Despite scientific consensus on the anthropogenic causation of climate change, and ever-growing knowledge on the biophysical impacts of climate change, there is large variability in public ... More

“Global Warming” versus “Climate Change” and the Influence of Labeling on Public Perceptions  

Jonathon P. Schuldt

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Sep 2016
Communicating about climate change involves more than choices about which content to convey and how to convey it. It also involves a choice about how to label the issue itself, given the ... More

Guilt and Shame in U.S. Climate Change Communication  

Jennifer Jacquet

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Apr 2017
Some of the major misconceptions in the United States about climate change—such as the focus on scientific uncertainty, the “debate” over whether climate change is caused by humans, and ... More

Ideology in Climate Change Communication  

Pieter Maeseele and Yves Pepermans

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Apr 2017
The idea of climate change inspires and reinforces disagreements at all levels of society. Climate change’s integration into public life suggests that there is no evident way of framing ... More

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