Communication, Media & Politics in the Anthropocene

Shifting Ideas, Shifting Opinion, Shifting Policy
Posts tagged "Public Health"

We Are All Climate-Change Idiots: New York Times’ “Week in Review” Spotlights Work of the Climate Shift Project

On Sunday, in an article titled “We Are All Climate-Change Idiots,” New York Times “Week in Review” contributor Beth Gardiner discussed the research of social scientists studying public judgments, decisions, and communication about climate change.  Among research noted, was work that I have done in collaboration with Ed Maibach, Tony Leiserowitz, and others on communicating...

The Economy, Climate Change, and Our Limited Pool of Worry

A new Pew survey reveals that as the economy shows signs of a modest recovery, public belief in climate change may be on the rise. Understanding how climate change perceptions shift relative to the performance of the economy is centrally important to effective communication and public engagement. This past spring in a Q&A style interview...

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...