Theory and language of climate change communication

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Show simple item record Nerlich, Brigitte Koteyko, Nelya Brown, Brian J. 2010-01-05T10:14:18Z 2010-01-05T10:14:18Z 2010-01-01
dc.identifier.citation Nerlich, B., Koteyko, N. and Brown, B. (2010) Theory and language of climate change communication. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1, (1) pp.97-110. en
dc.identifier.issn 1757-7780
dc.description.abstract Climate change communication has become a salient topic in science and society. It has grown to be something like a booming industry alongside more established ‘communication enterprises’, such as health communication, risk communication, and science communication. This article situates the theory of climate change communication within theoretical developments in the field of science communication. It discusses the importance and difficulties inherent in talking about climate change to different types of publics using various types of communication tools and strategies. It engages with the difficult issue of the relationship between climate change communication and behavior change, and it focuses, in particular, on the role of language (metaphors, words, strategies, frames, and narratives) in conveying climate change issues to stakeholders. In the process, it attempts to provide an overview of emerging theories of climate change communication, theories that recently have begun to proliferate quite dramatically. In some cases, we can, therefore only provide signposts to the most relevant research that is being carried out with regard to climate change communication without being able to engage with all its aspects. We end with an assessment of how communication could be improved in light of the theories and practices discussed in this article. en
dc.description.sponsorship We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Economic and Social Research Council for the project: ‘Carbon Compounds’: Lexical creativity and discourse formations in the context of climate change, grant number: RES-062-23-1256. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons en
dc.subject climate change en
dc.subject communication
dc.subject public understanding of science
dc.title Theory and language of climate change communication en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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