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How Do Social Media Users Link Different Types of Extreme Events to Climate Change?: A Study of Twitter During 2008–2017
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Journalism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1993-5696
Jönköping University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3607-7881
2019 (English)In: Journal of Extreme Events, ISSN 2345-7376, Vol. 06, no 02, article id 1950002Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines how three types of extreme events (heat waves, droughts, floods) are mentioned together with climate change on social media. English-language Twitter use during 2008–2017 is analyzed, based on 1,127,996 tweets (including retweets). Frequencies and spikes of activity are compared and theoretically interpreted as reflecting complex relations between the extreme event factor (the occurrence of an extreme event); the media ecology factor (climate-change oriented statements/actions in the overall media landscape) and the digital action factor (activities on Twitter). Flooding was found to be by far the most tweeted of the three in connection to climate change, followed by droughts and heat waves. It also led when comparing spikes of activity. The dominance of floods is highly prevalent from 2014 onwards, triggered by flooding events (extreme event factor), the climate science controversy in US politics (media ecology factor) and the viral power of celebrities’ tweets (digital action factor).

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Singapore, 2019. Vol. 06, no 02, article id 1950002
Keywords [en]
Extreme events, climate change, heat waves, droughts, floods, Twitter, social media
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39183DOI: 10.1142/S2345737619500027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39183DiVA, id: diva2:1361365
Available from: 2019-10-16 Created: 2019-10-16 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved

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