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Media and the Climate Crisis (introduction tro special issue)


Risto Kunelius, Anna Roosvall


Recent years have seen another peak in global media attention to climate change. Driven by increasingly dire news about extreme weather, growing demands of systemic adaption and a new wave political activism, the current situation has increasingly been framed as a climate crisis. This introductory essay maps these recent developments and elaborates the conceptual potentials and limitations of the “crisis” frame. It also briefly reviews the state of the art of media research and situates the contributions of the issue into this landscape.

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About the Author

Anna Roosvall

Anna Roosvall got her PhD at the department for Journalism, Media and Communication, at Stockholm University in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation was about Swedish foreign news and aspects of nationality, ethnicity and gender. She was a post-doc res... Read more


Kunelius, R. and Roosvall, A. (2021). Media and the Climate Crisis (introduction tro special issue). Nordic Journal of Media Studies, 3(1), pp. 1-19. Available at: [Accessed 2 Dec. 2022]. doi: