Public attitudes to global climate change

De Jong, James (2007) Public attitudes to global climate change. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Climate change is considered to be one of the most serious threats facing humankind at the beginning of the 21st century. This research focuses on the attitudes of local community groups in the city of Portsmouth by analysing current awareness, understanding, concern, influence and sources of information on this global issue. It compares the attitudes of the local community groups to the attitudes of the United Kingdom public generally. The research also compares local community group's attitudes on climate change with media coverage in the preceding year. Instances of over certainty and lack uncertainty from two national newspapers are identified and analysed. The research concludes that local attitudes indicate high levels of awareness and concern among the four community groups, whilst understanding of the causes of the climate change remains confused. This misunderstanding is socially and politically disabling because it misleads people away from dealing with an issue at the heart of western consumer society - the consumption of fossil fuels.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/405

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