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Page 1 of 17Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748495051525354555657585960Article type: Advanced ReviewTheory and language of climate changecommunicationFor Peer ReviewBrigitte Nerlich, brigitte.nerlich@nottingham.ac.uk University of NottinghamNelya Koteyko, nelya.koteyko@nottingham.ac.uk University of NottinghamBrian Brown, brown@dmu.ac.uk, De Montfort UniversityKeywordsclimate change, communication, language, discourse, framingAbstractClimate change communication has become a salient topic in science and society. It has grownto be something of a boom industry alongside more established ‘communication enterprises’,such as health communication, risk communication and science communication. This articlesituates the theory of climate change communication within theoretical developments in all threefields. It discusses the importance of and difficulties inherent in talking about climate change todifferent types of public using a various types of communication tools and strategies. It engageswith the difficult issue of the relationship between climate change communication and behaviourchange and it focuses in particular on the role of language (metaphors, words, strategies, framesand narratives) in conveying climate change issues to stakeholders. In the process, it attempts toprovide an overview of emerging theories of climate change communication, theories that, quiterecently, have begun to proliferate quite dramatically. We end with an assessment of howcommunication could be improved in light of the theories and practices discussed in this article.Introduction: The importance of communicating about climate change to ‘publics’The topic of climate change communication has recently become more salient in society andamong social scientists, resulted in ‘the recent explosion of climate change communication frommovies to grassroots movements’. 1 Analyses of climate change communication and its impact onJohn Wiley & Sons1

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