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Opening Up the Societal Debate on Climate Engineering: How Newspaper Frames are Changing


Samantha Scholte


VU University Amsterdam

Eleftheria Vasileiadou


School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology

Arthur Petersen


VU University Amsterdam

October 15, 2012

Samantha Scholte , Eleftheria Vasileiadou & Arthur C Petersen (2013): Opening up the societal debate on climate engineering: how newspaper frames are changing, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, DOI:10.1080/1943815X.2012.759593

Abstract:     
The use of climate engineering or geo-engineering technologies to combat climate change has been a controversial topic, even in the scientific debate. In recent studies it has been claimed that the debate on climate engineering technologies may be closing down prematurely, with detrimental effects on the possibility of social and ethical reflection of the discussion and development of policy guidelines around these controversial technologies. We examined the extent to which the debate on climate engineering is opening up or closing down, analyzing English-speaking newspaper frames in the period 2006-2011. The results provide strong support for an opening of the debate, especially since 2009, given the decline of overly deterministic frames, the emergence of frames related to socio-political issues, and an overall more even distribution of the various frames. This provides evidence that different perspectives are voiced in the public debate, which enable societies to critically reflect on these emerging technologies.

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Keywords: climate change, sustainability research, climate engineering, geoengineering

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Date posted: October 15, 2012 ; Last revised: January 30, 2013

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Scholte, Samantha and Vasileiadou, Eleftheria and Petersen, Arthur, Opening Up the Societal Debate on Climate Engineering: How Newspaper Frames are Changing (October 15, 2012). Samantha Scholte , Eleftheria Vasileiadou & Arthur C Petersen (2013): Opening up the societal debate on climate engineering: how newspaper frames are changing, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, DOI:10.1080/1943815X.2012.759593. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2161733 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2161733

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Samantha Scholte
VU University Amsterdam ( email )
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands
Eleftheria Vasileiadou (Contact Author)
School of Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology ( email )
Eindhoven
Netherlands
HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/eleftheriavasileiadou/
Arthur Petersen
VU University Amsterdam ( email )
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands
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