Environmental journalism is an increasingly significant area for study within the broader field of journalism studies. It connects the concerns of politics, science, business, culture and the natural world whilst also exploring the boundaries between the local, regional and global. A central and typical focus for its concerns are the global summits convened to share scientific knowledge about global warming and to formulate policies to mitigate its consequences in particular locales. But reporting environmental change creates difficulties for journalists who are often ill equipped to resolve the uncertainties in the disputed scientific accounts of climate change.

This research-based collection focuses on aspects of environmental journalism in Australia, France, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Contributors present case studies of media reporting of the environment, and explore considerations of objectivity and advocacy in journalistic coverage of the environment and climate change.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

chapter |18 pages

Framing Climate Change

A study of US and Swedish press coverage of global warming

chapter |17 pages

Environmental Journalism in Bangladesh

Active social agency

chapter |16 pages

Playing the Media Game

The relative (in)visibility of coal industry interests in media reporting of coal as a climate change issue in Australia

chapter |18 pages

Setting the Agenda on Environmental News in Norway

NGOs and newspapers

chapter |21 pages

Talking Points Ammo

The use of neoliberal think tank fantasy themes to delegitimise scientific knowledge of climate change in Australian newspapers