Framing risk and uncertainty in social science articles on climate change, 1995–2012
Shaw, Chris and Hellsten, Iina and Nerlich, Brigitte (2016) Framing risk and uncertainty in social science articles on climate change, 1995–2012. In: Communicating risk. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 208-228. ISBN 978-1-349-55659-5
The issue of climate change is intimately linked to notions of risk and uncertainty, concepts that pose challenges to climate science, climate change communication, and science-society interactions. While a large majority of climate scientists are increasingly certain about the causes of climate change and the risks posed by its impacts (see IPCC, 2013 and 2014), public perception of climate change is still largely framed by uncertainty, especially regarding impacts (Poortinga et al., 2011). Social scientists and communication researchers have begun to advocate moving from a framing of climate change in terms of uncertainty to one that focuses on risk (Painter, 2013; Silverman, 2013) and they hope that this shift in framing may generate greater public support for climate mitigation policies.
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