(Relatively) new publication: Visualizing the Paris climate talks on Twitter: Media and climate stakeholder visual social media during COP21

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This publication has been out for a few months but I simply haven’t posted it on here yet. My latest publication is an article co-authored with DePaul University’s Jill Hopke and it’s entitled: Visualizing the Paris climate talks on Twitter: Media and climate stakeholder visual social media during COP21. It’s available for free from Social Media+Society, which is an open-access journal. Here’s the abstract:

In 2015, meeting in Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21), representatives of 195 nations set an ambitious goal to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. This research uses the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which took place in Paris during 30 November to 11 December 2015, as a case study of Twitter coverage of the talks by mainstream and alternative media outlets and other climate stakeholders, including activists and fossil fuel industry groups. It compares the British Guardian with other media and climate stakeholders’ visual framing of climate change on Twitter during COP21, because the publication had launched an advocacy campaign in March 2015 promoting fossil fuel divestment in the lead-up to COP21. Findings show that individual activists and movement organizations functioned similarly in climate change visual framing in Twitter posts, as did individual and organizational multinational representatives and scientific experts. The news media categories varied by type of news organization. The major outliers were the fossil fuel industry and trade association accounts. Industry stakeholders largely focused on former US President Barack Obama’s climate policy, promoting the perception of a lack of domestic support for his climate policies in their visual Twitter postings.

As usual, I welcome any questions or feedback about my research!

Luis Hestres

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