Date of Publication

5-16-2019

Degree Type

Honors Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Ralph Black, Associate Professor, English

Abstract

With an associated warming of 0.85°C documented between 1880 and 2012, climate change has altered the frequency of extreme weather events, contributed to rising sea level, impacted biodiversity, and has become a growing concern (Allen et al. 53). Created in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiles research on climate change for the use of policymaking. While the IPCC targets policymakers, the public generally learns science through media outlets (Schmidt et al.). On 8 October 2018, the IPCC released a special report titled, “Global Warming at 1.5°C.” Media outlets quickly responded to this report.

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