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Module Reading List

Climate Communication, 2021/22, Semester 2
Chris Paterson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Week 1.  

Introduction: What is Climate Communication?

Suggested reading for initial context

Armstrong A., Krasny, M. and Schuldt, J. (2018) 1. Climate Change Science - The Facts in Communicating Climate Change - A Guide for Educators pp 5–20.  OPEN ACCESS at

Emanuel, K. (2018). What we know about climate change. MIT Press.

Week 2.

Social Construction of Environment and Climate

Cox, R. (2013) Chapter 3: Social-symbolic constructions of environment in Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere (3rd ed). London: Sage. (availability TBC)  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Hansen A. (2015) Communication, Media and the Social Construction of the Environment in The Routledge handbook of environment and communication London: Routledge

Markley R. (2019) Literature, Climate, and Time: Between History and Story chapter in Johns-Putra, A. Climate and literature. Cambridge University Press  

*** New, M. (2019) Climate explained: how much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made?, The Conversation, available at

Suggested further reading

Arnold, A. (2018) Climate Change and Storytelling: Narratives and Cultural Meaning in Environmental Communication, Palgrave

Johns-Putra, A. (2019). Climate and literature. Cambridge University Press.

Hannigan, J. A. (2006). Chapter 5: Social construction of environmental issues and problems. Environmental Sociology (2nd edn). London: Routledge

Week 3.

Historical Dimensions of Climate Journalism

Brüggemann, M., & Engesser, S. (2017) Beyond false balance: How interpretive journalism shapes media coverage of climate change. Global Environmental Change, 42, 58-67. Open access.

Cottle, S. (2008). 4: Ecology and Climate Change: From Science and Sceptics to Spectacle. Global crisis reporting. McGraw-Hill Education

Hertsgaard, M. and Pope K. (2019) A new commitment to covering the climate story Columbia Journalism Review. (multimedia) available at

Supran, G. and Oreskes, N. (2017) Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014) Environ. Res. Lett. 12 available at

*** Ward, B. (2008) A higher standard than ‘balance’ in journalism on climate change science: An editorial comment. Climatic Change 86:13–17 (PDF at Minerva)

Suggested further reading

Boykoff, M. (2011) Who speaks for the climate? Making sense of media reporting on climate change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Dove, M. R. (Ed.). (2013). The anthropology of climate change: An historical reader. John Wiley & Sons.

Fahy, D. (2017). Defining Objectivity, False Balance, and Advocacy in News Coverage of Climate Change. ORE Climate Science (availability TBC) OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 10/02/2021) 

Gunster, Shane (2017) Engaging climate communication: audiences, frames, values and norms. in Journalism and climate crisis: Public engagement, media alternatives. Taylor & Francis (availability TBC)

Week 4.

Climate Science at Leeds:

There are no set readings for this week. Use this week to catch up with prior readings and get ahead with future ones. 

Week 5.

Science and Risk Communication

McKibben, B. (2012). Global warming’s terrifying new math. Rolling Stone, 19(7), 2012. Available online

Painter, J. (2013). When Uncertainty is Certain. Climate Change in the Media: Reporting Risk and Uncertainty (pp. 11-24). Oxford, UK: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism available at

Smith, J. Dangerous news: media decision-making about climate change risk. Risk Analysis, 25(6), 1471-1482, 2005.

*** Taylor, A. L., Dessai, S., Bruine de Bruin, W. (2017). Public priorities and perceptions of climate change impacts in the United Kingdom. Journal of Risk Research. 1-11 (especially, introduction and discussion)

Whitmarsh, L. (2015). Analysing public perceptions, understanding and images of environmental change. The Routledge handbook of environment and communication, 339-353.  

Suggested further reading

Taylor, A. L., Kause, A., Summers, B., & Harrowsmith, M. (2019). Preparing for Doris: Exploring public responses to impact-based weather warnings in the UK. Weather, Climate, and Society

Week 6.

Climate Change Denial

Goeminne, G. (2012) Lost in translation: Climate denial and the return of the political. Global Environmental Politics, 12(2),1–8.

Gunster, S. (2004) 'You Belong Outside': Advertising, Nature, and the SUV. Ethics and the Environment, 9(2), pp. 4-32.

*** Laurie, D. (2006) Science a la Joe Camel Washington Post, November 26. (PDF at Minerva)

McCright, A.; Dunlap, R. (2010) Anti-reflexivity. The American Conservative movement’s success in undermining climate science and policy. Theory, Culture & Society, 27(2-3), 100-133.

Oreskes, N., & Conway, E. M. (2011). Chapter 6. The Denial of Global Warming, in Merchants of doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.  

Suggested further reading

Funk, M. (2015). Windfall: The booming business of global warming. Penguin Books.

Marshall, G. (2014) Don’t even think about it. Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change. New York: Bloomsbury


Week 7.

Climate Change and Social Movements 

*** Cox, R. and Schwarze, S.  The media and communication strategies of environmental pressure groups and NGOs. The Routledge handbook of environment and communication London: Routledge

Deutsche Welle (2019) Climate Action: Can We Change the Climate From the Grassroots Up? Deutsche Welle, Jun. 22, available at

*** Forde, S. (2017) Environmental Protest, Politics and Media Interactions: An Overview, in Journalism and climate crisis: Public engagement, media alternatives, by R. A. Hackett, S. Forde, S. Gunster, and K. Foxwell-Norton, New York, Routledge    

Taylor, M. (2020). The Evolution of Extinction Rebellion. Guardian. 4 Aug, available at:

Suggested further reading

Della Porta, D. and Parks, L. (2014). Framing processes in the climate movement: from climate change to climate justice. In Dietz, M., & Garrelts, H. (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement(1st ed.). Routledge.

Fisher, D.R and Nasrin, S.(2021). Climate activism and its effects. WIREs Clim Change.12:e683

Merry, M. K. (2014) Framing Environmental Disaster: Environmental Advocacy and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. New York: Routledge.

Nulman ,E. (2015). Climate Change and Social Movements: Civil Society and the Development of National Climate Change Policy. Palgrave Macmillan UK (Availability TBC)

O'Brien, K., Selboe, E., & Hayward, B. (2018). Exploring youth activism on climate change: Dutiful, disruptive, and dangerous dissent. Ecology and Society,23(3).

Schlembach, R. (2011). How do radical climate movements negotiate their environmental and their social agendas? A study of debates within the Camp for Climate Action (UK). Critical Social Policy, 31(2), 194–215.

von Zabern L, Tulloch CD. (2021). Rebel with a cause: the framing of climate change and intergenerational justice in the German press treatment of the Fridays for Future protests. Media, Culture & Society. 43(1):23-47


Week 8.

Environmental and Climate Justice

Adams, B.; Luchsinger, G. (2009). Climate Justice for a Changing Planet: A Primer for Policy Makers and NGOs. UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS). PDF at Minerva. 

*** Foran, J. (2016). Reimagining radical climate justice. Chapter in Reimagining Climate Change, Routledge.

Forde, S. (2017) Alternative Approaches to Environment Coverage in the Digital Era: The Guardian’s ‘Keep It In The Ground’ Campaign in R. A. Hackett, S. Forde, S. Gunster, and K. Foxwell-Norton Journalism and climate crisis: Public engagement, media alternatives, New York, Routledge

Hong, C. (2019) Environmental NGOs and Environmental Communication in China, in Slovic,S.; Rangarajan, S.; Sarveswaran, V. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecocriticism and Environmental Communication

Sze, J., & London, J. K. (2008). Environmental justice at the crossroads. Sociology Compass, 2(4), 1331-1354.

Suggested further reading

Gore, T. (2020) Confronting carbon inequality - Putting climate justice at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery. OXFAM, 21 September. available at

Klein N. (2014) This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate Simon & Schuster

Sze, J. (2020) Environmental justice in a moment of danger California: University of California Press

Week 9.

Climate Communication and Sustainable Development

Ben and Jerry. (no date) A quick guide to how climate change is impacting people living in the global south. Unilever PLC. Available at

Borunda, A. (2019) Inequality is decreasing between countries—but climate change is slowing progress.  National Geographic April 22, Available at

Maweu JM, Paterson C. (2019) Minding the Gap? The Media and the Realisation of SDG 13 in Kenya. In: Ramutsindela M; Mickler D (eds.) Africa and the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, pp. 71-79

*** Paul, H.K. and Singh, H. (2019) How will the Global South pay for climate change damage? New Internationalist. Available at

Suggested further reading

Belfer, E., Ford, J.D., Maillet, M., (2017) Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting. Clim. Change 145, 57–70.

Week 10.

The Practice of Climate Journalism

*** Carrington, D. (2019) Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment Guardian 17 May, available at

Hackett, R. A.; Forde, S. Gunster S., and Foxwell-Norton K. (2017) Introduction: Journalism for Climate Crisis in Journalism and climate crisis: Public engagement, media alternatives, by R. A. Hackett, S. Forde, S. Gunster, and K. Foxwell-Norton, New York, Routledge

O'Neill, S. and Nicholson-Cole, S., (2009) “Fear won't do it” - promoting positive engagement with climate change through visual and iconic representations. Science Communication, 30(3), pp.355-379.

Pepermans, Y. and Maeseele, P. (2017) Climate Change Journalism: From Agony to Agonistic Debate. Desenvolvimento and Meio Ambiente (Development and Environment) v. 40, p. 125-140 (PDF at Minerva)

Shimabukuro, M. (2020) What’s on the Horizon for the Climate Desk. New York Times. 30 December. Available at

Suggested further reading

Berglez, P., Olausson, U., & Ots, M. (2017). What is sustainable journalism? Integrating the environmental, social, and economic challenges of journalism. Peter Lang Publishing Group.

This list was last updated on 01/03/2021