Climate problem: Communication

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Literature review: Communication problem for Climate

The “Ten Problems for Climate in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. energy policies, 
  2. effects,
  3. machine learning,
  4. communication,
  5. non-state actors,
  6. social sciences,
  7. green infrastructures,
  8. mitigation,
  9. regional environments,
  10. economics.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

4 Communication

THE PROBLEM — The world gradually pays more attention to the environment and related news continually appears in the print media and on networks as well as on TV. How communications and engagement on technologies can be conducted to encourage functional public and policy discourse? It is still possible for friends, families and even children to inspire adults towards higher levels of climate concern, and in turn, collective action. In the coming years, though, new paradigms incorporating citizen science or diversity are required to contrast the widespread reactance that comes from emphasizing the scientific consensus of climate change with a technocratic tone.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — Ecological discourse analysis could reflect the relationship between language and environmental issues and awake people’s consciousness to protect our Earth. There is evidence of nascent polarization, and a lack of nuance in discussion of individual technologies. Climate change concern among parents is especially generated by daughters. Discussing global warming with friends and family led people to learn influential facts, such as the scientific consensus that human-caused global warming is also happening. Lessons for climate engagement from COVID-19 communication include the usefulness of concrete, simple, and personally-relatable messaging. New communication models present climate knowledge as jointly constructed by expert and non-expert communities. Greta Thunberg’s audience shares two dominant ideologies regarding climate change; one that believes in the human cause of climate change, and the other that considers nature to be the cause. Latinos have particularly strong pro-environmental attitudes and support for policies to reduce climate change. The dualism of “dirty” and “clean” technologies is still the predominant way of visualizing direct causes of and responses to climate change.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Climate in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

booklet updated on 13 Dec 2020, now on sale as version 1.1

By TenProblems

Literature Reviews for Inquisitive Minds