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A LOOMING RHETORICAL GAP: A SURVEY OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE
 

Summary: A LOOMING RHETORICAL GAP: A SURVEY OF PUBLIC
COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES FOR CARBON DIOXIDE
CAPTURE AND STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES
David M. Reiner*
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
January 2008
Abstract
The major communications efforts to the general public on carbon dioxide capture and
storage (CCS) technologies are reviewed and found to be lacking across all countries and
initiatives surveyed, driven primarily by a lack of resources and coordination. Given claims
by government and industry that CCS can be a major low-carbon energy source and that
public acceptance is critical, the minimal allocation of resources to communications is
striking. Little effort seems to have gone into developing a baseline understanding of public
attitudes or into understanding how different actors will respond to information on CCS.
Outlets reviewed include websites, multimedia presentations, museum displays, educational
materials and technical diagrams. The internet is the major focus of the analysis as it has
become the major source of information for specific science and technology issues and
internet users are more likely to pay attention to science and technology issues. Materials are
developed but accessibility is often poor and many websites are rarely updated. Some useful
resources are available but no examples that meet current best practice standards found and

  

Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences