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Making sense of climate engineering: a focus group study of lay publics in four countries
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. CSPR. (LUCE)
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. CSPR. (LUCE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1156-8748
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. (LUCE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6181-6191
Faculty of Political Science and EconomicsWaseda UniversityTokyoJapan.
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2017 (English)In: Climatic Change, ISSN 0165-0009, E-ISSN 1573-1480Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study explores sense-making about climate engineering among lay focus group participants in Japan, New Zealand, the USA and Sweden. In total, 23 qualitative focus group interviews of 136 participants were conducted. The analyses considered sense-making strategies and heuristics among the focus group participants and identified commonalities and variations in the data, exploring participants’ initial and spontaneous reactions to climate engineering and to several recurrent arguments that feature in scientific and public debate (e.g. climate emergency). We found that, despite this study’s wide geographical scope, heterogeneous focus group compositions, and the use of different moderators, common themes emerged. Participants made sense of climate engineering in similar ways, for example, through context-dependent analogies and metaphorical descriptions. With few exceptions, participants largely expressed negative views of large-scale deliberate intervention in climate systems as a means to address anthropogenic global warming.

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Climateengineering.Geoengineering.Sense-making.Focusgroup.Cross-country. Analysis.Analogies.Metaphors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141207DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2067-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141207DiVA: diva2:1144723
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-1101Swedish Research Council Formas, 2012-725
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