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Posts tagged "Climate change communication"

As Unemployment Drops, Public Belief in Climate Change Shows Signs of Recovery

–Reposted from Big Think. A November Pew survey reveals a slight upward shift in public belief in climate change. A number of factors likely account for the rise in belief but the most parsimonious explanation remains a recovering economy, marked by hopeful signs of a U.S. unemployment rate below 9% for the first time since 2009....

Understanding Up and Down Cycles of News Attention to Climate Change

Post by Sarah Merritt, American University doctoral student. Reposted from Big Think. News attention to climate change appears to follow a narrative cycle, where according to communication researchers Katherine McComas and James Shanahan (1999), rather than reflecting the objective conditions of the issue, coverage will follow closely the issue’s dramatic qualities including claims related to...

Public Opinion and Participation in the Climate Change Debate

Public opinion about climate change, observes the New York Times’ Andrew Revkin, can be compared to “waves in a shallow pan,” easily tipped with “a lot of sloshing but not a lot of depth.” In a recently published chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, I review research that provides several explanations...

Background and Context for Climate Wire Story on “Cultural Divide” Between Science and Journalism

At ClimateWire today [subscription], Julia Pyper has an article on an important topic: How can scientists and journalists work together to improve public understanding of climate change? What are the major reasons for past communication failures and what are the best paths forward? I spoke with Pyper on the phone about this very complex topic...

Science in Society Series: Video Interview with Climate Fix Author Roger Pielke

This past spring semester, American University hosted an event featuring Roger Pielke Jr., a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder and author of The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming. The event — for which I served as moderator — was co-sponsored by the School of...