Duelling realities: Conspiracy theories vs climate science in regional newspaper coverage of Ian Plimer's book, Heaven and Earth

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dc.contributor.author Mckewon, Elaine en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-03T01:26:05Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-03T01:26:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier 2012002959 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mckewon, Elaine 2012, 'Duelling realities: Conspiracy theories vs climate science in regional newspaper coverage of Ian Plimer's book, Heaven and Earth', Rural Society, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 99-115. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1037-1656 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/23358
dc.description.abstract In the lead-up to the ? rst Australian parliamentary debates on an emissions trading scheme (ETS) in 2009, Ian Plimer ? mining geologist, mining company director and climate change contrarian ? published a book that argued there is no link between human activity and climate change. Plimer boasted that his book, Heaven and Earth: Global Warming ? The Missing Science, would `knock out every single argument we hear about climate change?. While promoting the book in media interviews, Plimer warned that the ETS would destroy mining and agriculture in Australia. Plimer?s book was discredited by Australia?s top climate scientists, yet received mostly favourable coverage in regional newspapers. Using content analysis and critical discourse analysis, this paper examines regional news articles, features, opinion columns, editorials and letters to the editor published between April 1 and June 30, 2009. The paper also considers the impact that media coverage of Plimer and his book had on the public debate on the ETS leading up to the legislation?s defeat en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Charles Sturt University en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon NA en_US
dc.title Duelling realities: Conspiracy theories vs climate science in regional newspaper coverage of Ian Plimer's book, Heaven and Earth en_US
dc.parent Rural Society en_US
dc.journal.volume 21 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 99 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 115 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 200100 en_US
dc.personcode 10618268 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Communication and Media Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords climate change, climate change sceptic, regional newspapers, content analysis en_US
dc.staffid en_US
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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