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Our House Is Burning: Discrepancy in Climate Change vs. Biodiversity Coverage in the Media as Compared to Scientific Literature


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Legagneux, Pierre et Casajus, Nicolas et Cazelles, Kévin et Chevallier, Clément et Chevrinais, Marion et Guéry, Loreleï et Jacquet, Claire et Jaffré, Mikael et Naud, Marie-José et Noisette, Fanny et Ropars, Pascale et Vissault, Steve et Archambault, Philippe et Bêty, Joel et Berteaux, Dominique et Gravel, Dominique (2018). Our House Is Burning: Discrepancy in Climate Change vs. Biodiversity Coverage in the Media as Compared to Scientific Literature. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5 .

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Scientists, policy makers, and journalists are three key, interconnected players involved in
prioritizing and implementing solutions to mitigate the consequences of anthropogenic
pressures on the environment. The way in which information is framed and expertise
is communicated by the media is crucial for political decisions and for the integrated
management of environmental issues. Here we present a comparative study of scientific
literature and press articles addressing climate change and biodiversity. We extensively
scrutinized the scientific literature, research funding, and press articles from the USA,
Canada, and United Kingdom addressing climate change and biodiversity issues
between 1991 and 2016. We found that media coverage of climate change was up
to eight times higher compared to biodiversity. This discrepancy could not be explained
by different scientific output between the two issues. Moreover, climate change media
coverage was often related to specific events whereas no such indication of a connection
was found in the case of biodiversity. An international communication strategy is urgently
required to raise public awareness on biodiversity issues.We discussed several initiatives
that scientists could undertake to better communicatemajor discoveries to the public and
policy makers. -- Keywords : Science communication ; Biodiversity loss ; Research funding ; Public awareness ; Media coverage ; Climate change.

Type de document : Article
Validation par les pairs : Oui
Information complémentaire : CC BY 4.0
Version du document déposé : Version officielle de l'éditeur
Départements et unités départementales : Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER)
Déposé par : DIUQAR UQAR
Date de dépôt : 09 mars 2020 15:21
Dernière modification : 01 févr. 2021 18:58

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