TERMINOLOGY RESOURCES

Do the terms we use make a difference? A collection of studies and opinion pieces on the language of "global warming" and "climate change."

 
 

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Leading research on climate terminology and recommendations to help you determine what language is best for your audience.

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A study of public preferences for the terms "global warming," "climate change," and "global climate change" based on respondents' characteristics, beliefs, political affiliation, and segmentation from the Global Warming's Six Americas research.

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A look at how the terms "global warming" and "climate change" have become politicized as research finds that Republicans are more skeptical of "global warming" than "climate change."  

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Study on how general public perceives the term "global warming"

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A survey of public conceptions of the terms climate change and global warming and the ways in which people are disengaged from causes, impacts and responsibility for taking action. 

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A study of strategic language choices and public perception that asked Americans to rate the seriousness of “global warming,” “climate change,” or “global climate change.” 

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An analysis of climate change communication and behavior change theories, tools, and strategies among different segments of the public.

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