Why Are People Skeptical about Climate Change? Some Insights from Blog Comments

  title={Why Are People Skeptical about Climate Change? Some Insights from Blog Comments},
  author={Paul Matthews},
  journal={Environmental Communication},
  pages={153 - 168}
  • P. Matthews
  • Published 9 February 2015
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Communication
Surveys of public opinion show that a significant minority of the population are skeptical about climate change, and many suggest that doubt is increasing. The Internet, in particular the blogosphere, provides a vast and relatively untapped resource of data on the thinking of climate skeptics. This paper focuses on one particular example where over 150 climate skeptics provide information on their background, opinion on climate change, and reasons for their skepticism. Although these data… 

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