Representation of climate change consequences in British newspapers

Maria Ruiu*

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This article explores British newspaper descriptions of the impact of climate change across three time periods. It shows a reduction in representing the consequences of climate change as ‘out of human control’. It also shows a decrease in adopting alarming and uncertain descriptions within the centre-left group, whereas mocking the effects of climate change is a peculiarity of right-leaning narratives. The complexity of climate narratives produces a variety of representations of the consequences of climate change, which in turn might increase ‘uncertainty’ in public understanding of climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-493
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Issue number5
Early online date21 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


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