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Perspectives of the reporting on carbon trading and carbon offsetting in Swedish newspapers: 2007 and 2014
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As response to climate change, the UN and the EU have adopted a market-based approach aiming to reduce Greenhouse gases via flexible market-based mechanisms, constituted by carbon trading and carbon offsetting. The approach rests on the notion that sustainable development and environmental protection are compatible with a liberal market and economic growth. However, this rather complex issue is debated among stakeholders and the perspectives of the matter vary.

As an important societal institution, Swedish newspapers play a central democratic role by interpreting, conveying and discussing responses to climate change. By having this informative role, Swedish newspapers influence the public agenda. This study aims to analyze and describe how carbon trading and carbon offsetting are presented in Swedish newspapers by revealing patterns within their content. The research was conducted via a content analysis of 204 articles in the two leading newspapers in Sweden, Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter covering the years 2007 and 2014. The results could be summarized as: (i) the issue is described through a variety of contexts with strong influence of ideological messages, (ii) the elites in society in general and domestic political parties/allianes in particular are the most dominant stakeholder groups in the debate, (iii) the approach seems to be linked to the messages of Swedish liberal/conservative parties, (iv) the political orientation of the newspapers do not influence the choice of political parties given a voice in the articles, (v) the level of connection between cabon trading/carbon offsetting and sustainable development varies among the articles.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 53 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 227
Keyword [en]
Sustainable development, carbon trading, carbon offsetting, climate change, Swedish newspapers, social science
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254706OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-254706DiVA: diva2:819436
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala (English)
Available from: 2015-06-10 Created: 2015-06-10 Last updated: 2015-06-10Bibliographically approved

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