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Health as a Key Driver of Climate Change Communication. A Scoping Review

Version 1 : Received: 2 October 2020 / Approved: 5 October 2020 / Online: 5 October 2020 (14:31:37 CEST)

How to cite: Ahmadi, S.; Schütte, S.; Herlihy, N.; Hemono, M.; Flahault, A.; Depoux, A. Health as a Key Driver of Climate Change Communication. A Scoping Review. Preprints 2020, 2020100095 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0095.v1). Ahmadi, S.; Schütte, S.; Herlihy, N.; Hemono, M.; Flahault, A.; Depoux, A. Health as a Key Driver of Climate Change Communication. A Scoping Review. Preprints 2020, 2020100095 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0095.v1).

Abstract

The negative implications of climate change for human health are now well-established. Yet these have not been fully considered into climate change communication strategies. Research suggests that reorienting climate change communication with a health frame could be a useful communication strategy. We conducted a long-term and broad overview of existing scientific literature in order to summarize the state of research activity in this area, by extent and by nature. The methodology is based on a scoping review of scientific articles published on climate change communication and health between 1990 and mid-2016 indexed in the PubMed, ScienceDirect, and Web of Science databases. The screened citations were reviewed for inclusion and data were extracted and coded in order to conduct quantitative (e.g. frequencies) and qualitative (i.e. content analysis) analyses.Out of 2,866 identified published papers, only 24 articles were eligible for analyses. The main themes identified were effective communication of climate change (n=10, 41.7%), the role of health professionals (n=10, 41.7%) and the perception of climate change (n=4, 16.7%). We identified a large proportion of secondary research articles (n= 15, 62.5%) including reviews (n=5, 20.8%) and opinion articles (n=10, 41.7%). A significant share - 37.57% (n=9) - of the identified articles were classified as original research articles, suggesting that the number of publications in this area - particularly original research - has not grown rapidly.This scoping review identified several themes including effective communication of climate change, the role of health professionals, and the perception of climate change in the selected articles on the subject. The research literature on the communication of climate change and health is relatively recent and emerging: the first articles on the subject were published from 2008 onward only.

Subject Areas

health; climate change; communication; health promotion; health education; perception

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