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Comparing Media Framings of Climate Change in Developed, Rapid Growth and Developing Countries: Findings from Norway, China and Ghana


  • Atle Midttun
  • Paddy Coulter
  • Audrey Gadzekpo
  • Jin Wang


This article undertakes a systematic study of press articles on climate change in the rich West (Norway), the emerging East (China) and the developing South (Ghana) to explore the cognitive basis for collective climate policy action. Newspapers depict Ghana moving out of a climate-victimhood towards a more active climate policy for development; China figures as spearheading energy efficiency and clean technologies for growth; while Norway is described as exporting its climate action. Our analysis finds little common ground for climate mitigation through binding climate emission limits and carbon pricing. A pluralistic ‘green growth’ strategy would have greater chances of success. The article also highlights differences in sources and story types: Norway features much enterprising journalism, and academics are the dominant source. In China and Ghana most articles are routinized, with politicians and public officials dominating in China, whilst the press makes heavy use of international sources in Ghana.

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  • Atle Midttun & Paddy Coulter & Audrey Gadzekpo & Jin Wang, 2015. "Comparing Media Framings of Climate Change in Developed, Rapid Growth and Developing Countries: Findings from Norway, China and Ghana," Energy & Environment, , vol. 26(8), pages 1271-1292, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:engenv:v:26:y:2015:i:8:p:1271-1292

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