Use of science in British newspapers’ narratives of climate change

Maria Laura Ruiu, Massimo Ragnedda*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This paper investigates the use of science in British newspapers’ narratives of climate change between 1988 and 2016. It is based on the analysis of eight newspapers and their Sunday and online versions (Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Daily Express, The Sun, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Indepen-dent). We used the keywords “climate / climatic change”, “warm / warming” and “greenhouse / greenhouse effect” to retrieve the articles from the Nexis / Lexis database. To identify the articles with a specific focus on climate change, we included only those containing the keywords in the headline (9789 items). Framing theory helps interpret the process of construction of the “threat” through science by showing a tendency towards scientific consensus for the centre / left-leaning newspapers, and an instrumental use of consensus for the centre-right. These findings are useful for both scientists and policymakers interested in understand-ing how climate narratives can promote delay in action on climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Communication Sciences
Early online date13 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Sep 2021

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