A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Rethinking climate policy with alternative framings of carbon dioxide

Open Access publication

Publication Details
Authors: Levänen Jarkko, Hukkinen Janne
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Global Sustainability
Volume number: 2
Start page: 1
End page: 4
Number of pages: 4
ISSN: 2059-4798
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Open Access publication


Since the earliest stages of international climate policy, carbon dioxide (CO2)
has been framed and widely accepted as a problem that needs to be
solved by reducing its amount in the atmosphere. In principle this is a
correct and relevant starting point for efforts to decarbonize
societies. At the same time, however, the unquestioned and one-sided
framing of CO2 as a problem has significantly
biased the strategies for tackling climate change. We introduce the
origins, meanings and implications of one-sided framing of CO2
in climate policy. We also discuss how alternative framings could
impact policymaking and eventually our capacity to mitigate climate
change. We introduce a paradox: framing CO2 as a problem often translates into policies that hamper the implementation of technologies to decrease the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. We suggest that plurality in framing CO2 could lead to innovative ways and strategies to combat climate change.

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