A131. Rice, R. E., Gustafson, A., & Hoffman, Z. (2018).  Frequent but accurate: A closer look at uncertainty and opinion divergence in climate change print news.  Environmental Communication, 12(3), 301-321.


The prevalence of uncertainty and opinion divergence frames in climate change news reporting has generated concerns about the misrepresentation of scientific consensus. We first develop reliable, valid, and more nuanced measures of often-conflated types of uncertainty and opinion divergence frames. Then we analyse the co-occurrence combinations of those distinct types of opinions, sources, and topics in mainstream climate change news stories between 2005 and 2015. Results indicate that while uncertainty and opinion divergence frames are indeed frequent, once clearly distinguished, they in general accurately reference non-scientist sources (e.g., government officials) and topics that do not have a scientific consensus (e.g., the severity of climate change effects).