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“Animal Agriculture and Climate Change in the US and UK Elite Media: Volume, Responsibilities, Cases and Solutions”
Environmental Communication published "Animal Agriculture and Climate Change in the US and UK Elite Media: Volume, Responsibilities, Cases and Solutions" by Silje Kristiansen, CSSN Scholar James Painter, and Meghan Shea. The authors discuss approaches to addressing the disparity in media coverage and accuracy of the agriculture industry's contributions to climate change.
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Fossilized: Environmental Policy in Canada’s Petro-Provinces
CSSN Scholar Angela V. Carter's "Fossilized: Environmental Policy in Canada's Petro-Provinces" traces the development of oil extraction in Canada's largest oil-producing provinces. Carter provides insight into how the governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador offered extensive support for oil development and often downplayed environmental effects of said extraction.
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“The Debunking Handbook 2020”: A consensus-based handbook of recommendations for correcting or preventing misinformation
With the current flood of misinformation and “fake news” undermining democracies around the world, a consensus document that summarizes the science of debunking has been published by a team of 22 prominent researchers of misinformation and its debunking.
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Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist Feminist Literature on Climate and Energy
Many of the leadership deficiencies that have shaped the United States’ inadequate response to the Covid-19 pandemic have also thwarted the country’s response to the climate crisis.
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Climate Change Solutions: Beyond the Capital-Climate Contradiction
This work shows how ideology continues to conceal “the capital-climate contradiction,” or, the fundamental incompatibility between growth-dependent capitalism and climate stability. The authors propose “transitional” mitigation strategies that have the potential to spark the necessary transition toward an ecological society that rapidly, effectively, and justly reduces material and energy throughput.
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“Dominant counter-frames in influential climate contrarian European think tanks”
A countermovement made up of climate change contrarian think tanks has been very active in Europe in the last decade, has a neoliberal ideological profile and its discourse resembles that of the US contrarian organizations.
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“Anti-climate action statements get more visibility in news coverage, study finds”
Analysis by CSSN Scholar Rachel Wetts found that press releases expressing opposition to climate action were twice as likely to receive news coverage as those supporting action.
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“Political Perspectives on Geoengineering: Navigating Problem Definition and Institutional Fit”
Geoengineering technologies are often presented as a backstop solution if climate mitigation fails, but their speculative character and large-scale approach pose practical problems for governance. This article provides first insights as to how policymakers think about the political challenges and opportunities of large-scale interventions into the climate system.
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“Constructing the Millennial “Other” in United States Press Coverage of the Green New Deal”
CSSN Scholar Hanna E. Morris uses a critical discourse analysis in finding that prominent United States media outlets portray the Green New Deal as a threatening creation of extremist Millenial "Others."
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“”It Happened Behind Closed Doors”: Legislative Buffering as an Informal Mechanism of Political Mediation”
In a study of two major climate laws adopted in Massachusetts in 2008, CSSN Scholar Joshua Basseches investigates how and why one, but not the other, was weakened during the legislative process. He finds coalition size, the political clout of the sponsoring lawmaker within the legislature, and the degree to which the proposed law channeled selective benefits to private constituencies to be major factors in explaining these different outcomes.
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“Cool dudes in Norway: Climate Change Denial Among Conservative Norwegian Men”
Right-wing nationalism's links to climate change denial are a relatively unresearched topic, at least in Europe, but Environmental Sociology recently published an article where CSSN Scholar Martin Hultman and his research colleagues show the connections between conservatism, xenophobia, and climate change denial, through a study in Norway.