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Will Don’t Look Up wake people up? Here’s what the research on climate communication says.
People cooled off at a beach in Chestermere, Alta., as a heat wave settled over Western Canada.
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New normal. Record-breaking. Unprecedented. In recent days, as Western Canada and the United States have been broiling under a climate-fuelled heat crisis, all sorts of superlatives have been used to describe…
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An academic expert in environmental storytelling reads the Sun and the Express.
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Major new survey shows big national variations in levels of concern, polarisation and media usage.
Exposing people to likely disinformation campaigns about bushfire causes will help inoculate them.
The best way to inoculate the public against climate disinformation campaigns is to tell them what’s coming.
Protest in Gauhati, India, on Sept. 20, 2019, part of worldwide demonstrations ahead of a U.N. summit in New York.
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‘Two polar bears walk into a bar …’ is an unlikely opener for a joke, but memes and parodies are surprisingly effective ways to get people talking about climate change.
What will it take to get people to connect to the climate change story?
Decarbonizing the global economy would help the climate change problem – but also many others. Would putting all those additional co-benefits center stage help drum up support for climate action?
Climate engagement still tends to increase with education and income.
Concern about climate change is broader than many Hoosiers think.
A recent survey in Indiana finds broad concern about climate change and support for addressing it in this red state, with one catch: Many Hoosiers don’t realize their neighbors agree with them.
Climate scientist James Hansen, who has spoken out about the dangers of climate change, was arrested in 2010 alongside Appalachian residents.
Some climate scientists have spoken out about the dangers of climate change. But a new study shows those voices may not be very influential.
Christians in the United States hold a range of views on environmental issues.
Many practicing U.S. Christians do not believe that human activities are warming the Earth, but they hold diverse views about the environment. Effective climate conversations recognize those nuances.
Zero-emissions energy is part of the solution to climate change.
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Good communication about climate change requires much more than just alarming messages about all the scary impacts of a warming planet.
Climate change denial, underwater.
The results of a study that measured public responses to a policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions contradict a common environmental concern.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing.
Facts will only get you so far when it comes to climate change. To get conservatives on side, climate communicators must focus on the values conservatives hold dear, such as preserving the status quo.
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Unlike the more abstract idea of global climate change, pollution is tangible and its effects are obvious.
Having an antagonistic debate over climate change will not shed any more light on the fundamentals of climate science.
Why assembling two teams to debate climate change is all about political spectacle and sowing doubt – and has nothing to do with actual climate science.
Are there other ways to get people to engage with climate change?
An experiment in getting people to care about climate change uses slick videos, charismatic scientists and calls to action.
Much of the U.S. was built around the automobile, with greater distances to be covered than in places like Europe, making Americans’ daily lifestyles higher in energy than elsewhere.
Cognitive dissonance: scholars need to confront the undeniable conflict of pushing for action on climate change, while maintaining a high-energy lifestyle.
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Coverage was generally positive – though there were also two entirely different types of naysayer.
A better society is one way to motivate people to take action on climate change,.
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If we can convince people that climate change is real and important, then surely they will act: this intuitive idea underlies many efforts to communicate climate change to the public. But it may not be the best way.