Communication, Media & Politics in a Risk Society

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Political Polarization
Pope Francis: climate advocate, reframing the debate

Pope Francis: climate advocate, reframing the debate

Warning of “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem,” Pope Francis in an encyclical to be released this week (and already leaked) calls for aggressive action to combat climate change and other environmental problems. In the special papal letter addressed to the world community, Pope Francis is expected to emphasize the deep moral imperative for rich countries...
Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

Social sciences are best hope for ending debates over climate change

–Guest post by Andrew Hoffman, University of Michigan. Reposted with permission from The Conversation US. Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown described Senator Ted Cruz as unfit to run for office because of his “direct falsification of the existing scientific data” on climate change. Cruz fired back that “global warming alarmists” like Brown “ridicule and...
Our partisan brains: The psychology of why liberals and conservatives deny science

Our partisan brains: The psychology of why liberals and conservatives deny science

By Erik C Nisbet, The Ohio State University and R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University Senator Inhofe (R-Okla.) pitched a snowball on the floor of the United States Senate last month. This was his way of disputing that 2014 was the warmest year on earth and that human-caused climate change is happening. Inhofe’s beliefs...