publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

What's in a name? Commonalities and differences in public understanding of “climate change” and “global warming”

Whitmarsh, Lorraine E.;
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  • Published: 16 Sep 2008 Journal: Public Understanding of Science, volume 18, pages 401-420 (issn: 0963-6625, eissn: 1361-6609, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
This paper reports on findings from a survey of public understanding of climate change and global warming amongst residents in the south of England. Whereas much previous research has relied on survey checklists to measure public understanding of climate change, this study employed a more qualitative approach to reveal participants' unprompted conceptions of climate change and global warming. Overall, the findings show a tendency for the public to dissociate themselves from the causes, impacts, and responsibility for tackling climate change/global warming. This research gave particular attention to how terminology is understood by the public. The findings point ...
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free text keywords: Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Communication, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Public relations, business.industry, business, Political economy of climate change, Environmental ethics, Terminology, Ecological forecasting, Perception, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Global warming, Sociology, Climate change, Environmental resource management, BF, GE, HT
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2008

What's in a name? Commonalities and differences in public understanding of “climate change” and “global warming”

Whitmarsh, Lorraine E.;