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From causes to consequences, from chat to crisis. The different climate changes of science and Wikipedia

Korte, Jasper W. and Bartsch, Sabine and Beckmann, Rasmus and El Baff, Roxanne and Hamm, Andreas and Hecking, Tobias (2023) From causes to consequences, from chat to crisis. The different climate changes of science and Wikipedia. Environmental Science and Policy, 148, p. 103553. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2023.103553. ISSN 1462-9011.

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2023.103553


Understanding how society reacts to climate change means understanding how different societal subsystems approach the challenge. With the help of a heuristic of systems theory two subsystems of society – science and mass media – are compared with respect to communications about climate change over the last 20 years. With text mining methods metadata of documents from two databases – OpenAlex and Wikipedia – are generated, analyzed, and visualized. We find substantial differences as well as similarities in the social, factual, and temporal dimensions. While Wikipedia shows a much greater variety of concrete organizations, social movements, media outlets, and persons, science is more concerned with abstract interrelations of human action. In both systems, there is a shift in attention from describing the very phenomenon to questioning how to deal with this fact. This demonstrates for science a discursive shift from causes to consequences and for mass media a shift from chat to crisis. Science shows an ongoing growth process, while the attention of mass media appears cyclical.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/196526/
Document Type:Article
Title:From causes to consequences, from chat to crisis. The different climate changes of science and Wikipedia
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Korte, Jasper W.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5559-8842UNSPECIFIED
El Baff, RoxanneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6661-8661140201688
Hamm, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5854-851X140201689
Hecking, TobiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0833-7989140201690
Journal or Publication Title:Environmental Science and Policy
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 103553
Keywords:Climate Change, Discourse Analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Tasks SISTEC
Location: Köln-Porz , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute for Software Technology > Intelligent and Distributed Systems
Institute for Software Technology
Deposited By: Hecking, Dr. Tobias
Deposited On:10 Aug 2023 08:06
Last Modified:08 Nov 2023 10:54

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