The influence of temperature on #ClimateChange and #GlobalWarming discourses on Twitter

Sara K. Yeo, Zachary J. Handlos, Alexandra Karambelas, Leona Y.F. Su, Kathleen M. Rose, Dominique Brossard, Kyle S. Griffin

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Research suggests non-experts associate different content with the terms "global warming" and "climate change." We test this claim with Twitter content using supervised learning software to categorize tweets by topic and explore differences between content using "global warming" and "climate change" between 1 January 2012 and 31 March 2014. Twitter data were combined with temperature records to observe the extent to which temperature was associated with Twitter discussions. We then used two case studies to examine the relationship between extreme temperature events and Twitter content. Our findings underscore the importance of considering climate change communication on social media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA01
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2017


  • Environmental communication
  • Public engagement with science and technology
  • Science and media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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