Communications/Public Opinions

Articles/Commentaries

Why the International Panel on Climate Change has Lost Credibility, Michael Thompson, 2010. Offers a critique of the International Panel on Climate Change, with focus on error relating to Himalayan deforestation, and calls for more “voices” to be part of the IPCC process.

Apocalypse Fatigue: Losing the Public on Climate Change, Ted Nordhaus and M. Shellenberger, in Yale Environment 360, 2009. Comments on why Americans’ belief that climate change is occurring dropped significantly in 18 months, from April 2008 to October 2009. 

Communication Gap: The Disconnect Between What Scientists Say and What the Public Hears, Charles Schmidt, in Environmental Health Perspectives, 2009. Draws on a variety of sources and experts to discuss how scientists communicate, and why those communications may not be effective with the public.  Includes discussion of challenges in “framing” climate change, large data sets, credibility, and advocacy.

Global Warming vs. Climate Change, Taxes vs. Prices, Does Word Choice Matter?, Ana Villar and Jon Krosnick (Stanford University), 2010.  Analyzes the results of American and European surveys on climate change in which different terminology was tested.  Finds that word choice may sometimes affect people’s perceptions about climate change issues and policies, but that a single choice of terminology may not affect different audiences the same way.