Cyber-echoes of climate crisis: Unraveling anthropogenic climate change narratives on social media

Elroy, O. ORCID:, Komendantova, N. ORCID:, & Yosipof, A. (2024). Cyber-echoes of climate crisis: Unraveling anthropogenic climate change narratives on social media. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability 7 e100256. 10.1016/j.crsust.2024.100256.

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Social media platforms have a key role in spreading narratives about climate change, and therefore it is crucial to understand the discussion about climate change in social media. The discussion on anthropogenic climate change in general, and social media specifically, has multiple different narratives. Understanding the discourses can assist efforts of mitigation, adaptation, and policy measures development. In this work, we collected 333,635 tweets in English about anthropogenic climate change. We used Natural Language Processing (NLP) and machine learning methods to embed the semantic meaning of the tweets into vectors, cluster the tweets, and analyze the results. We clustered the tweets into four clusters that correspond to four narratives in the discussion. Analyzing the behavioral dynamics of each cluster revealed that the clusters focus on the discussion of whether climate change is caused by humans or not, scientific arguments, policy, and conspiracy. The research results can serve as input for media policy and awareness-raising measures on climate change mitigation and adaptation policies, and facilitating future communications related to climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, Clustering, Natural language processing, Social media, Policy, Misinformation
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Cooperation and Transformative Governance (CAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2024 08:04
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 08:04

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