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Atolls in the ocean—canaries in the mine? Australian journalism contesting climate change impacts in the Pacific

Volume 21, Issue 1

May, 2015

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Nash, C. (2015). Atolls in the ocean—canaries in the mine? Australian journalism contesting climate change impacts in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review, 21(1): 79-97.
ENVIRONMENT
Author(s): Chris Nash
Publication date: 
May, 2015

This article has two complementary aspects, empirical and theoretical. Empirically, it examines the reportage of the two most prolific Australian journalists on the threat posed by climate change to low-lying Pacific island states, reporting over the two-year period leading up to and following the high-profile COP15 summit in Copenhagen in 2009. It was at that summit that the concerns of the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) were given extensive media coverage and managed to dominate the agenda for several days, to the consternation of some other summit participants. COP15 affords a good case study because the media coverage of this issue was variegated and heavily contested, contrary to earlier scholarly claims about an allegedly mono-dimensional quality to the journalism about climate change in the Pacific Ocean (Nash & Bacon, 2013).