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Framing of climate issues and “COP21”: U.S. newspaper coverage vs Indian newspaper coverage

Masudul Karim Biswas, Nam Young Kim

Abstract

Using content analysis method and the theory of framing, this study compares news coverage of climate issues around the Paris Climate Conference 2015, also known as “COP21”, between U.S. and Indian newspapers. The findings, based on an analysis of 278 stories published by four leading newspapers in these countries, suggest that international politics-oriented conflict and strategy frame and environmental consequences frame dominated both U.S. and Indian newspaper coverage. Another important finding of this study is the Indian newspaper coverage, compared to the U.S. newspaper coverage, included more information on social progress and innovations toward environment-friendly initiatives.

Keywords

climate change, news frames, U.S. newspapers, Indian newspapers, Paris Climate Conference, content analysis

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/ESP.2016.02.002
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