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From convergence to contention: United States mass media representations of anthropogenic climate change science

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This article focuses on connected factors that contribute to United States (US) media reporting on anthropogenic climate change science. It analyses US newspapers and television news from 1995 to 2006 as well as semi-structured interviews with climate scientists and environmental journalists. Through analyses of power and scale, the paper brings together issues of framing in journalism to questions of certainty/uncertainty in climate science. The paper examines how and why US media have represented conflict and contentions, despite an emergent consensus view regarding anthropogenic climate science.

Keywords: United States; anthropogenic; climate change; framing; mass media

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3QY, Email:

Publication date: October 1, 2007


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