Media coverage of sustainable development issues – attention cycles or punctuated equilibrium?
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. and ERP Environment
Volume 20, Issue 1, pages 1–17, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Holt, D. and Barkemeyer, R. (2012), Media coverage of sustainable development issues – attention cycles or punctuated equilibrium?. Sust. Dev., 20: 1–17. doi: 10.1002/sd.460
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 FEB 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 22 JAN 2010
- Manuscript Received: 26 NOV 2009
- punctuated equilibrium;
- issue-attention cycle;
- climate change
Over the last two decades there has been a marked change in the way that the public perceives environmental issues and the concepts associated with sustainable development. Few would argue that this has moved into the mainstream of public consciousness. Coverage of sustainability related concepts within the media, as illustrated by a sample of 112 worldwide newspapers, shows a clear upward trajectory. Taking the example of climate change and sustainable development, this paper explores this increasing coverage, and arguably awareness, of sustainability concepts, and considers parallels with the concepts of punctuated equilibrium and issue-attention cycles. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.