About the Blog

In our Media Watch Blog we present an analytical view of the media coverage and public debates concerned with climate change and climate politics through the lens of academic observers from social and climate sciences. Additionally, we sometimes cover news from science and from our research in general.

The Blog was started during the UN-Climate Change Conference in Paris* (November 30 – December 12 2015). We focused on the coverage of the conference in leading media outlets in 40 countries around the globe but we also provided some first-hand observations from students and researchers who participated in the conference. The blog is hosted by the team of Prof. Brüggemann at the University of Hamburg. Its authors are climate researchers and social scientists from a range of different backgrounds united by an interest in the interdisciplinary study of climate change.

The point of the blog is not to bash the media: Covering climate change is a demanding challenge for journalists and we do not pretend that we could provide better coverage than journalists do. Yet, as outsiders and interested followers of the media debate, we hope to add new perspectives and voices to a debate that deserves humanities’ fullest attention.

The blog is in English to allow an international audience and international contributors to participate. All blog entries represent the personal opinions and observations of the respective blog author and are neither official statements issued by the University of Hamburg, nor from the hosts of the blog.

This booklet with the blog posts (PDF) preserves the contributions as they appeared during the COP21 (and as they are still available on this site).

*the entire name is United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 21st Conference of the Parties, in short COP 21


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In unserem Media Watch Blog wollen wir die öffentliche Debatte über Klimawandel und Klimapolitik analytisch begleiten und aus der Sicht interdisziplinärer Klimaforschung kommentieren. Gelegentlich schreiben wir auch über allgemeine Themen aus der Forschung und über unsere Forschungsprojekte.

Der Blog ist zur UN-Klimakonferenz in Paris* (30. November bis 12. Dezember 2015) gestartet. Wir schreiben in der Regel auf Englisch, um einem internationalen Publikum zugänglich zu sein – bei Beiträgen, die ein deutsches Publikum besonders interessieren, gibt es auch eine Übersetzung.

Eine Zusammenstellung der Blog-Beiträge zur COP21 haben wir als Booklet (PDF) veröffentlicht.

*ihr vollständiger Name ist United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 21st Conference of the Parties, kurz COP 21