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

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: risk, climate change, communication
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Science and Society
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137478788_13
Depositing User: Nerlich, Professor Brigitte
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 08:43
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2016 22:59
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33181

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