From «Kyoto Protocol» to «Copenhagen Summit»: Press Coverage of Global Change at Spanish and International newspapers


This paper analyses the evolution of Global Change treatment at the largest circulation newspapers of Spain and compares it with the mainstream press of Chile, Brazil and China. We focus on providing a chronological overview of the most used terms to refer «Global Change» and to compare different trends since the release of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 to the Copenhagen Summit at the end of 2009. The presentation of IPCC Fourth Assessment (AR4) in 2007 was decisive to the global press coverage of «Climate Change». This synthesis report targeted to policy makers instigated a major attention of the politic sphere at the press over the scientific field regarding «Climate Change». At the Spanish scene this fact acquired a significant importance as this Report was approved in Valencia in November of 2007, implying a wider coverage of the event which permitted to observe how the local impact gained positions to the global impact at the printed press. In addition, the role of the press discourses become essential to generate public awareness about Global Change, but in some occasions the abuse of some information sources and the politicization of «Climate Change» can cause the contrary effect in to the public when no solutions are given to adapt and mitigate «Climate Change».
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Mariola Norte Navarro

Universidad de Salamanca
Instituto Universitario de Estudios de la Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad de Salamanca, Residencia Universitaria "Colegio de Oviedo". C/ Alfonso X, s/n. Campus Miguel de Unamuno. 37007 Salamanca (España)