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Framing climate change: a study of US and Swedish press coverage of global warming

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

This comparative study investigates news coverage of climate change in the United States and Sweden. The main research question concerns the extent to which news coverage of climate change is influenced by domestic political elite discussion or the scientific consensus surrounding the issue. While there has been a widespread consensus in Sweden that climate change is (partly) caused by human activity and that there is an unquestionable need to take countermeasures, there has been substantial debate about the causes and the necessity of political action in the United States. Based on an extensive content analysis of 1785 articles over a 10-year period, as well as an intensive analysis of news coverage of the Kyoto and Bali summits, results show that media coverage is strikingly similar in these two countries, indicating a weak influence of national political elites on how climate change is framed in news coverage. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournalism Studies
Publication date2012
Volume13
Issue2
Pages175-192
Number of pages17
ISSN1461-670X
DOIs
StatePublished

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