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Risk, uncertainty and opportunity in climate change coverage: Australia compared


McGaurr, LC and Lester, EA and Painter, J, Risk, uncertainty and opportunity in climate change coverage: Australia compared, Australian Journalism Review, 35, (2) pp. 21-34. ISSN 0810-2686 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Mediation of climate change is bedevilled by the complexity of communicating scientific uncertainty. This paper revisits the results of a recent comparative study using frame analysis to investigate newspaper coverage across six countries of scientific reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and articles about changes in Arctic sea ice. Our paper looks more closely at what these comparative data tell us is distinctive about the mediation of climate science in Australia, namely that the Australian newspapers analysed were most likely to include sceptical voices, least likely to include an opportunity frame and less likely than most to temper uncertainty frames with references to increasing certainty. We discuss these findings in the context of political argument in Australia about the merits or otherwise of trading or taxing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Media, news, climate change. risk coverage, Australia
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and media studies
Research Field:Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The media
UTAS Author:McGaurr, LC (Dr Lynette McGaurr)
UTAS Author:Lester, EA (Professor Libby Lester)
ID Code:88210
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2014-01-20
Last Modified:2018-02-17
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