01 Nov '11, 6pm

Dot Earth Blog: Book Report: Who Speaks for the Climate?

“I am the Lorax who speaks for the trees, which you seem to be chopping as fast as you please.” This well known line from the Seuss classic forms the central question in a new book by Max Boykoff. Updating this classic to our modern world involves substituting the global atmosphere for the trees, and the media takes on the role of the Lorax. However, unlike the single Lorax, there is no one spokesperson for the global atmosphere. Rather, there are multiple contending interpretations of global warming, told by innumerable self-appointed spokespersons. A central voice in this cacophony is the media. The media forms the arena in which these different interpretations are presented and debated, and hence, collectively, the media speaks for climate, albeit not in one voice. Understanding and trying to make sense of the different stories told about climate change by the media is ...

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