Back in the begining I touched on why a climate of doubt had arisen in the general public. I’d like to revisit this now and really delve into the role of the press and goverment in creating uncertainty around climate change.
Media bias has significantly affected public understanding and action in the climate change controversy. The journalistic practice of balancing scientific consensus with a comparatively small number of contrarians has implied to the public that there is a high degree of academic disagreement around climate change (Boykoff and Boykoff 2004). This ‘balanced’ reporting has allowed a small group of global warming sceptics to have their views amplified (Boykoff and Boykoff 2004), undermining public confidence that the problem of global warming is a real (Seacrest et al 2000).
Large-scale under reporting and ‘balanced’ (biased) articles, plus frames that dwelled on uncertainty and controversy (often through the use of climate changes deniers as sources), have distorted public understanding of climate changes threats (Antilla 2010).