Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program

Mass Communication and Media Arts


Frith, Katherine


Climate change is a global issue not only about the natural environment but also international political relations. Different countries have different perspectives on mitigating climate change. The Copenhagen Summit provides a chance for studying different countries’ standpoint on climate change. This current paper did a framing study of the news reports about climate change on an elite Chinese newspaper and an elite U.S. newspaper and their view on each country. The results revealed that both the People’s Daily and the New York Times tent to cover politics and economics more than other social contexts. Renewable energy was also often discussed. China and the U.S. both had some negative views on each other and the cooperation on climate change issues between the two countries was not so promising currently.