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"What sceptics believe": the effects of information and deliberation on climate change scepticism

Hobson, Kersty and Niemeyer, Simon 2013. "What sceptics believe": the effects of information and deliberation on climate change scepticism. Public Understanding of Science 22 (4) , pp. 396-412. 10.1177/0963662511430459

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Abstract

Scepticism about climate change now appears a pervasive social phenomenon. Research to date has examined the different forms that scepticism can take, from outright denial to general uncertainty. Less is known about what climate sceptics value and believe beyond their climate change doubt, as well as how “entrenched” such beliefs are. In response, this paper discusses research into public reactions to projected climate change in the Australian Capital Region. Using Q Methodology and qualitative data, it outlines five discourses of scepticism and explores the impact regional-scale climate scenarios and a deliberative forum had on these discourses. Results show that both forms of intervention stimulate “discourse migration” amongst research participants. However, migrations are rarely sustained, and sceptical positions are infrequently dispelled outright, suggesting the relationship between climate scepticism, broader beliefs, and the methods used to inform and debate about climate change, are pivotal to comprehending and addressing this issue.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0963-6625
Funders: Australian Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 September 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:05
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/94566

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