The Report On A Fictional Blog Post

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1. Summary
• This report is analysing a fictional blog post.
• Evidence to support anthropogenic climate change will be discussed.
• Defence mechanisms that the author possibly uses will be evaluated.
• This report will explain why the author of the blog is making the claims by explaining the ideas surrounding conspiracy theories.

2. Introduction
The author of the blog post begins by describing two items in the news which they describe as ‘worrying’. Firstly, the announcement of treble subsidies for so-called ‘green’ energy, which the author explicitly links to the second point that a university has ‘confirmed’ global warming is happening, due to carbon emissions. The author expresses how this is ‘suspicious’ as evidence to support
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• Evidence to support
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) uses scientist from across the globe to provide detailed information on the dangers that human activity has on the world’s climate. The planet is getting warmer due to the growth of emissions, such as methane and carbon dioxide (Adams, 2015). To support this the graph below illustrates how surface temperatures have risen dramatically in recent years (Kerr, 2006).

3. Defence mechanisms
Psychologists have sought to understand why individuals seem to hide away from information about environmental issues. People generally become anxious when they encounter different emotions, change or are challenged with undesirable ideas, to combat this defence mechanisms are triggered (Adams, 2015). It is believed that there are nine different types of defence mechanisms, which are:
Denial: claiming that environmental problems do not exist (Adams, 2015), or that there is no real threat.
Repression: disregarding any knowledge about environmental harm caused by humans.
Regression: having firm or overstated beliefs in leaders or experts to resolve environmental problems as there is nothing the individual can do. Additionally, anger towards the risk of privileges be revoked due to environmental issues.
Displacement: to avoid anxiety ‘small steps’ are taken, instead of recognising the actual changes that are required.
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