Consensus and contrarianism on climate change

Against a contrasting backdrop of consensus on key issues on climate science, a heterogeneous group dubbed climate «skeptics», «contrarians», «deniers» have significantly shaped contemporary discussions of climate science, politics and policy in the public sphere. This essay focuses on the USA context, and explores some of the intertwined social, political and economic factors, as well as cultural and psychological characteristics that have together influenced public attitudes.

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Disaster, uncertainty, opportunity or risk?

This article examines the television coverage of the three 2013 and 2014 reports by the Working Groups of the IPCC in five European countries: Germany, Norway, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Green taxes, quotas and equality

The need for green fiscal reform is urgent in the face of climate change. Some oppose it, however, arguing that such reforms disproportionately burden poorer individuals whose emissions are far smaller than those of wealthier individuals.

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Education in times of climate change

Everything seems to point to the fact that the education system is not yet succeeding in conveying the characteristic features of climate change to society.

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Is there a hole in the ozone layer of your climate change?

Eight out of ten Spaniards think the hole in the ozone layer, caused by human actions, is the key physical cause of climate change. This belief, constructed from scientific elements (concepts, images, icons, discourse), is a product of popular culture. Science has never confirmed this relationship.

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Living with climate change

The scientific community has reached an ample consensus about the existence of climate change and its causes; one of the most extensive in the history of science.

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Snow storehouses, snow pits and snowdrifts

One of the most fascinating archaeological evidence of ancient use of Mediterranean mountains are snow pits, also called snow storehouses or snowdrifts. Snow pits have become a clear evidence of much colder times.

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Interview with Maxwell Boykoff

«When I discuss the shortcomings of media representations of climate change, oftentimes there can be a focus on journalists. But really, this can come back to the scientists themselves»

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A changing media landscape

Economic restructuring in the media industry has eliminated many professional journalists’ jobs, reductions that may have been hardest on specialized journalists reporting areas like science, technology, economics, or international affairs.

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Challenge and Opportunity in Climate Change

NASA Europe goes through an age of no economic brilliance that translates, according to the main sociology and politology schools, into a lack of confidence in traditional politics. That was what John Ashton, former UK diplomat for climate change,

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