Media Coverage on International Climate Summits and Negotiations

Wolling, Jens; Arlt, Dorothee (2017). Media Coverage on International Climate Summits and Negotiations. In: Nisbet, Matthew C.; Ho, Shirley S.; Markowitz, Ezra; O'Neill, Saffron; Schäfer, Mike S.; Thaker, Jagadish (eds.) Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication. Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Climate Science (pp. 1-26). Oxford University Press USA 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.362

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The annual climate summits (Conferences of the Parties, or COPs) are major political events that receive considerable media attention. In this way, the topic of climate change returns regularly to both the media and the political agenda. It makes sense, therefore, that communication research regards COPs as occasion to investigating how the media cover climate change. Nevertheless, this strategy has two shortcomings: On the one hand the focus on the conferences might provide a distorted picture—because of the political character of the conferences, the role of political actors and policy-related frames might be overestimated. On the other hand, the political character of the conferences is not always considered appropriately. Most research is mainly interested in the coverage on climate change in the context of the conferences and not in the political discussions taking place at the summits. Future research should address these discussions more intensively, giving more attention especially to the debates in the various online media.

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Book Section (Encyclopedia Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Arlt, Dorothee


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Oxford Research Encyclopedias: Climate Science


Oxford University Press USA




Dorothee Arlt

Date Deposited:

14 May 2018 13:47

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 10:29

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conference of the parties climate summits climate change global warming media coverage political negotiations content analysis




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