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Why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate?

Sharman, Amelia and Howarth, Candice (2016) Why do climate scientists and sceptical voices participate in the climate debate? Public Understanding of Science. pp. 1-17.

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Public perceptions of the climate debate predominantly frame the key actors as climate scientists (CSs) versus sceptical voices (SVs); however it is unclear why CSs and SVs choose to participate in this antagonistic and polarised public battle. A narrative interview approach is used to better understand the underlying rationales behind 22 CSs’ and SVs’ engagement in the climate debate, potential commonalities, as well as each actor's ability to be critically self-reflexive. Several overlapping rationales are identified including a sense of duty to publicly engage, agreement that complete certainty about the complex assemblage of climate change is unattainable, and that political factors are central to the climate debate. We argue that a focus on potential overlaps in perceptions and rationales as well as the ability to be critically self-reflexive may encourage constructive discussion amongst actors previously engaged in purposefully antagonistic exchange on climate change.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Authors :
Sharman, Amelia
Date : 11 March 2016
OA Location : 10.1177/0963662516632453
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords : climate change; debate participation; perceptions; climate scientists; sceptical voices
Depositing User : Jane Hindle
Date Deposited : 14 Jul 2017 08:21
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 18:54

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