'Climategate': paradoxical metaphors and political paralysis

Nerlich, Brigitte (2010) 'Climategate': paradoxical metaphors and political paralysis. Environmental Values, 14 (9). pp. 419-442. ISSN 0963-2719 (print) 1752-7015 (online).

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Abstract

Climate scepticism in the sense of climate denialism or contrarianism is not a new phenomenon, but it has recently been very much in the media spotlight. When, in November 2009, emails by climate scientists were published on the internet without their authors’ consent, a debate began in which climate sceptic bloggers used an extended network of metaphors to contest (climate) science. This article follows the so-called ‘climategate’ debate on the web and shows how a paradoxical mixture of religious metaphors and demands for ‘better science’ allowed those disagreeing with the theory of anthropogenic climate change to undermine the authority of science and call for political inaction with regard to climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate scepticism, climate science, policy, metaphor, framing, religion
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
Depositing User: Nerlich, Professor Brigitte
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 12:50
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2010 12:59
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1371

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