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Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change

When the Ice Breaks

  • Miyase Christensen
  • Annika E. Nilsson
  • Nina Wormbs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Miyase Christensen, Annika E. Nilsson, Nina Wormbs
    Pages 1-25
  3. Sverker Sörlin, Julia Lajus
    Pages 70-92
  4. Annika E. Nilsson, Ralf Döscher
    Pages 93-113
  5. Miyase Christensen, Annika E. Nilsson, Nina Wormbs
    Pages 157-171
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 173-182

About this book


Combining multidisciplinary perspectives and new research, this volume goes beyond broad discussions of the impacts of climate change and reflects on the current and historical mediations and narratives that are part of creating this new social and scientific reality.


climate change energy globalization media mediation news politics research

Editors and affiliations

  • Miyase Christensen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Annika E. Nilsson
    • 3
  • Nina Wormbs
    • 2
  1. 1.Stockholm UniversitySweden
  2. 2.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologySweden
  3. 3.Stockholm Environment InstituteSweden

About the editors

Dag Avango, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Miyase Christensen, Stockholm University, Sweden Ralf Döscher, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden Per Högselius, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Henry Huntington, Arctic Science Director for the Pew Charitable Trusts, USA Julia Lajus, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia Annika E. Nilsson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden Sverker Sörlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Nina Wormbs, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Bibliographic information


'We are all on thin ice when it comes to the Arctic and global climate change. This smart, savvy volume edited by Swedish scholars, Miyase Christensen, Annika E. Nilsson and Nina Wormbs, is essential reading for everyone interested in the future of the planet and the role ice plays in shaping our material reality and social imaginary.' - James Rodger Fleming, Colby College, Maine, USA

'The topic of the study is a multi-focused analysis of a particular event, the 2007 Arctic sea ice minimum and its representation by the media, polar scientists, indigenous residents, and the environmental community. It is a fascinating story of a geophysical phenomenon (an ice low of record scale) that became a media-scripted event tooled to drive the message of global warming to various constituencies, including policy makers, industrial and tourist managers, and environmentalists.' - ACS Newsletter