Representation of climate change consequences in British newspapers

Maria Ruiu*

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This article explores British newspaper descriptions of the impact of climate change across three time periods. It shows a reduction in representing the consequences of climate change as ‘out of human control’. It also shows a decrease in adopting alarming and uncertain descriptions within the centre-left group, whereas mocking the effects of climate change is a peculiarity of right-leaning narratives. The complexity of climate narratives produces a variety of representations of the consequences of climate change, which in turn might increase ‘uncertainty’ in public understanding of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Early online date21 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Jan 2021

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