Evaluating Terms Americans Use to Refer to “Carbon Emissions”

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February 6, 2023

In a new article published in the journal Environmental Communication, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication examines how different terms for planet-warming emissions impact attitudes among Americans.

In climate change discourse, “greenhouse gas emissions,” “carbon emissions,” and “carbon pollution” are often used interchangeably to refer to carbon dioxide and methane emissions, the main causes of global warming. In this study, YPCCC investigated how Americans interpret and respond to these different terms.

Read more at Yale Program on Climate Change Communication