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Environmental Communication Books

Version Number: 
11.1: March, 2012
Bibliography author: 
Mark Meisner
Bibliography Notes: 
This bibliography is no longer being maintained. The action has now moved to the IECA Environmental Communication Master Bibliography which is maintained and available to members of The IECA.

This bibliography is a list of books that deal substantially with matters of environmental communication, broadly defined. This list should serve as a good overview of the field.

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General Environmental Communication Textbooks

Corbett, Julia B. (2006) Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages. Washington: Island Press. Publisher's Web Page

Cox, Robert. (2010) Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Publisher's Web Page

Hendry, Judith. (2010) Communication and the Natural World. State College, PA: Strata Publishing. Publisher's Web Page

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General Environmental Communication Anthologies

Cantrill, James G. and Oravec, Christine L. (eds.). (1996) The Symbolic Earth: Discourse and Our Creation of the Environment. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. Publisher's Web Page

Herndl, Carl G. and Brown, Stuart C. (eds.). (1996) Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. Publisher's Web Page

Moser, Susanne C. and Dilling, Lisa (eds.). (2006) Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change. New York: Cambridge University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Muir, Star A. and Veenendall, Thomas L. (eds.). (1996) Earthtalk: Communication Empowerment for Environmental Action. Westport: Praeger Press. Publisher's Web Page

Waddell, Craig (ed.). (1997) Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associate. Publisher's Web Page

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Conference Proceedings

Aepli, Marie-France; Delicath, John W. and Depoe, Stephen P. (eds.). (2001) Proceedings of the 6th Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment. Cincinnati: University of Cincinnati. Web Page

Cantrill, James and Killingsworth, M.J. (eds.). (1993) Proceedings of The Conference on Communication and Our Environment. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University. Web Page

Oravec, Christine and Cantrill, James G. (eds.). (1992) Proceedings of The Conference on the Discourse of Environmental Advocacy. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Humanities Center. Web Page

Sachsman, David B.; Salomone, Kandice, and Senecah, Susan (eds.). (1995) Proceedings of The Conference on Communication and our Environment. Chattanooga: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Web Page

Scott, Daniel, et al (eds.). (2000) Climate Change Communication: Proceedings of an International Conference. Waterloo: University of Waterloo. PDF file

Seitz, Eleanor; Wagner, Travis P.; and Lindenfeld, Laura (eds.). (2010) Environmental Communication as a Nexus: Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Orono, ME: University of Maine, Department of Communication & Journalism. Web Page

Senecah, Susan (ed.). (1997) Proceedings of The Conference on Communication and Environment. Syracuse: State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Web Page

Short, C. Brant and Hardy-Short, Dayle (eds.). (2001) Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference on Communication and Environment. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University School of Communication. Web Page

Sowards, Stacey (ed). (2012) Across Borders and Environments: Communication and Environmental Justice in International Contexts (proceedings of the Eleventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment). Cincinnati: International Environmental Communication Association. Publisher's Web Page

Walker, Gregg B. and Kinsella, William J (eds.). (2005) Finding our Way(s in Environmental Communication: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Corvalis: Department of Speech Communication, Oregon State University. Web Page

Willard, Barb and Green, Chris (eds.). (2008) Communication at the Intersection of Nature and Culture: Proceedings of the Ninth Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment. Chicago: College of Communication, DePaul University. Web Page

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Environmental Language, Rhetoric and Discourse

Benton, Lisa M. and Short, John R. (1999) Environmental Discourse and Practice. Oxford: Blackwell. Publisher's Web Page

DeLuca, Kevin. (1999) Image Politics: The New Rhetoric of Environmental Activism. New York: Guilford Press. Publisher's Web Page

Dryzek, John S. (2005) The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Ehrlich, Paul and Ehrlich, Anne. (1996) Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future. Island Press. Publisher's Web Page

Endres, Danielle, Sprain, Leah and Peterson, Tarla Rai (eds.). (2009) Social Movement for Climate Change: Local Action for Global Change. Amherst, NY: Cambria. Publisher's Web Page

Fill, Alwin and Mühlhäusler, Peter (eds.). (2001) The Ecolinguistics Reader: Language, Ecology, and Environment. London: Continuum. Publisher's Web Page

Hannigan, John. (1995) Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective. New York: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

Hannigan, John. (2006) Environmental Sociology (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

Harré, Rom; Brockmeier, Jens and Mühlhäusler, Peter. (1999) Greenspeak: A Study of Environmental Discourse. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Publisher's Web Page

Killingsworth, M.J. and Palmer, Jackie. (1992) Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Larson, Brendon. (2011) Metaphors for Environmental Sustainability: Redefining Our Relationship with Nature. New Haven: Yale University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Myerson, George and Rydin, Yvonne. (1996) The Language of Environment: A New Rhetoric. Vancouver: UBC Press. Publisher's Web Page

Peterson, Tarla Rai. (1997) Sharing the Earth: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. Publisher's Web Page

Peterson, Tarla Rai (ed.). (2004) Green Talk in the White House: The Rhetorical Presidency Encounters Ecology. College Station: Texas A and M University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Pezzullo, Phaedra C. (2007) Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. Publisher's Web Page

Sandler, Ronald D. and Pezzullo, Phaedra C. (eds.). (2007) Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Publisher's Web Page

Short, Brant. (1989) Ronald Reagan and the Public Lands: America's Conservation Debate, 1979-1984. College Station: Texas A and M University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Taylor, Bryan C.; Kinsella, William J.; Depoe, Stephen P. and Metzler, Maribeth S. (eds). (2007) Nuclear Legacies: Communication, Controversy, and the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Complex. Lanham: Lexington Books. Publisher's Web Page

Waddell, Craig. (2000) And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. Publisher's Web Page

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Mass Media and Environmental Affairs

Allan, Stuart; Adam, Barbara and Carter, Cynthia. (1999) Environmental Risks and the Media. New York: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

Anderson, Alison. (1997) Media, Culture and the Environment. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Backes, David. (1991) Canoe Country: An Embattled Wilderness. Minocqua, WI: NorthWord Press, Inc.

Boyce, Tammy and Lewis, Justin (eds.). (2009) Climate Change and the Media. New York: Peter Lang. Publisher's Web Page

Chapman, Graham; Kumar, Keval; Fraser, Caroline and Gaver, Ivor. (1997) Environmentalism and the Mass Media: The North-South Divide. London: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

Clow, Michael and Machum, Susan. (1993) Stifling Debate: Canadian Newspapers and Nuclear Power. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing. Publisher's Web Page

Dale, Stephen. (1996) McLuhan's Children: The Greenpeace Message and the Media. Toronto: Between the Lines. Publisher's Web Page

Friedman, Sharon; Dunwoody, Sharon and Rogers, Carol. (1986) Scientists and Journalists: Reporting Science as News. New York: Free.

Gauntlett, David. (1996) Video Critical: Children, the Environment and Media Power. Luton: John Libbey Media. Publisher's Web Page

Hansen, Anders. (2010) Environment, Media and Communication. London: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

Hansen, Anders (ed.). (1993) The Mass Media and Environmental Issues. Leicester: Leicester University Press.

LaMay, Craig and Dennis, Everette (eds.). (1991) Media and the Environment. Washington: Island Press. Publisher's Web Page

Lester, Libby. (2010) Media and Environment: Conflict, Politics and the News. Cambridge: Polity. Publisher's Web Page

McKibben, Bill. (1992) The Age of Missing Information. New York, Random House. Publisher's Web Page

Nelkin, Dorothy. (1987) Selling Science: How the Press Covers Science and Technology. New York: W.H. Freeman. Publisher's Web Page

Neuzil, Mark and Kovarik, Bill. (1996) Mass Media and Environmental Conflict: America's Green Crusades. Thousand Oaks: Sage. Publisher's Web Page

Neuzil, Mark and Train, Russell. (2008) The Environment and the Press: From Adventure Writing to Advocacy. Evanston: Northwestern University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Priest, Susanna Hornig. (2001) A Grain Of Truth: The Media, The Public, and Biotechnology. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. Publisher's Web Page

Rose, Tom. (1989) Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event. London: Birch Lane Press.

Rubin, David and Sachs, David. (1973) Mass Media and the Environment: Water Resources, Land Use and Atomic Energy in California. London: Praeger. Publisher's Web Page

Sachsman, David B.; Simon, James; Valenti, JoAnn Myer. (2010) Environment reporters in the 21st century. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, Inc. Publisher's Web Page

Sandman, Peter; Sachsman, David; Greenberg, Michael and Gochfeld, Michael. (1987) Environmental Risk and the Press: An Exploratory Assessment. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, Inc. Publisher's Web Page

Shanahan, James and McComas, Katherine. (1999) Nature Stories: Depictions of the Environment and their Effects. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press. Publisher's Web Page

Smith, Conrad. (1992) Media and Apocalypse: News Coverage of the Yellowstone Forest Fires, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and Loma Prieta Earthquake. Westport: Greenwood Press. Publisher's Web Page

Smith, Joe. (2000) The Daily Globe: Environmental Change, The Public and the Media. London: Earthscan. Publisher's Web Page

Walters, L.M.; Wilkins, Lee and Walters, T. (eds.). (1989) Bad Tidings: Communication and Catastrophe. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Publisher's Web Page

Wilkins, Lee. (1987) Shared Vulnerability: The Media and American Perceptions of the Bhopal Disaster. New York: Greenwood Press. Publisher's Web Page

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Popular Culture / Green Cultural Studies

Bousé, Derek. (2000) Wildlife Films. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Publisher's Web Page

Brereton, Pat. (2004) Hollywood Utopia: Ecology in Contemporary American Cinema. Bristol: Intellect. Publisher's Web Page

Burgess, Jaquelin and Gold, J.R. (eds.). (1985) Geography, the Media and Popular Culture. London: Croom-Helm. Publisher's Web Page

Davis, Susan G. (1997) Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience. Berkeley: University of California Press. Publisher's Web Page

Dobrin, Sidney I. and Morey, Sean (eds.). (2009) Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature. Albany: State University of New York Press. Publisher's Web Page

Hochman, Jhan. (1998) Green Cultural Studies: Nature in Film, Novel, and Theory. Moscow, ID: University of Idaho Press.

Ingram, David. (2000) Green Screen: Environmentalism and Hollywood Cinema. Exeter: University of Exeter Press. Publisher's Web Page

Jagtenberg, Tom and McKie, David. (1997) Eco-Impacts and the Greening of Postmodernity: New Maps For Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, And Sociology. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Publisher's Web Page

Meister, Mark and Japp, Phyllis M. (2002) Enviropop: Studies in Environmental Rhetoric and Popular Culture. Westport: Praeger. Publisher's Web Page

Mitman, Gregg. (1999) Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Murray, Robin L. and Heumann, Joseph K.. (2009) Ecology and Popular Film: Cinema on the Edge. Albany: State University of New York Press. Publisher's Web Page

Murray, Robin L. and Heumann, Joseph K.. (2011) That's All Folks? Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Publisher's Web Page

Murray, Robin L. and Heumann, Joseph K.. (2012) Gunfight at the Eco-Corral: Western Cinema and the Environment. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Publisher's Web Page

Parker, Lea, J. (2002) Ecoculture: Environmental Messages in Music, Art, and Literature. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt. Publisher's Web Page

Price, Jennifer. (1999) Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America. New York: Basic Books. Publisher's Web Page

Wilson, Alexander. (1991) The Culture of Nature: North American Landscape from Disney to the Exxon Valdez. Toronto: Between The Lines. Publisher's Web Page

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Public Participation / Environmental Conflict

Beierle, Thomas C. and Cayford, Jerry. (2002) Democracy In Practice: Public Participation in Environmental Decisions. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. Publisher's Web Page

Daniels, Steven E. and Walker, Gregg B. (2001) Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative Learning Approach. Westport: Praeger. Publisher's Web Page

Depoe, Stephen P.; Delicath, John W. and Elsenbeer, Marie-France Aepli. (2004) Communication and Public Participation in Environmental Decision Making. Albany: State University of New York Press. Publisher's Web Page

O'Leary, Rosemary and Bingham, Lisa B. (2003) The Promise And Performance Of Environmental Conflict Resolution. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. Publisher's Web Page

Pickerill, Jenny. (2003) Cyberprotest: Environmental Activism Online. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Richardson, Mary; Sherman, Joan and Gismondi, Michael. (1993) Winning Back the Words: Confronting Experts in an Environmental Public Hearing. Toronto: Garamond Press. Publisher's Web Page

Williams, Bruce A. and Matheny, Albert R. (1995) Democracy, Dialogue, and Environmental Disputes: The Contested Languages of Social Regulation. New Haven: Yale University Press. Publisher's Web Page

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Public Relations / Greenwashing

Beder, Sharon. (2002) Global Spin: The Corporate Assault on Environmentalism (revised ed.). White River Junction: Chelsea Green Publishing. Publisher's Web Page

Flattau, Edward. (1998) Tracking the Charlatans: An Environmental Columnist's Refutational Handbook for the Propaganda Wars. Washington: Global Horizons Press.

Greer, Jed and Bruno, Kenny. (1996) Greenwash: The Reality Behind Corporate Environmentalism. New York: Apex Press. Publisher's Web Page

Hager, Nicky and Burton, Bob. (2000) Secrets and Lies: The Anatomy of an Anti-Environmental PR Campaign. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press. Publisher's Web Page

Hoggan, James and Littlemore, Richard. (2009) Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. Vancouver: Greystone Books. Publisher's Web Page

Oreskes, Naomi and Conway, Erik. (2010) Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming. New York: Bloomsbury. Publisher's Web Page

Smith, Toby M. (1998) The Myth of Green Marketing: Tending Our Goats at the Edge of Apocalypse. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Publisher's Web Page

Stauber, John and Rampton, Sheldon. (1995) Toxic Sludge is Good for You!: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press. Publisher's Web Page

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Environmental Communication Skills

Beamish, Richard. (1995) Getting the Word Out in the Fight to Save the Earth. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Biodiversity Project. (2002) Ethics for a Small Planet: A Communications Handbook on the Ethical and Theological Reasons for Protecting Biodiversity. Madison: Biodiversity Project. Publisher's Web Page

Crompton, Tom, and Kasser, Tim. (2009) Meeting Environmental Challenges-The Role of Human Identity. Godalming, Surrey: WWF-UK's Strategies for Change Project. Publisher's Web Page

Day, Brian A. and Monroe, Martha C. (eds.). (2000) Environmental Education and Communication for a Sustainable World: Handbook for International Practitioners. Washington: Academy for Educational Development. PDF file

Hayes, Richard and Grossman, Daniel. (2006) A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Publisher's Web Page

Jacobson, Susan K. (1999) Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals. Washington: Island Press. Publisher's Web Page

Jurin, Richard; Roush, Donald; and Danter, Jeff. (2010) Environmental Communication: Skills and Principles for Natural Resource Managers, Scientists, and Engineers (2nd ed.). New York: Springer-Verlag. Publisher's Web Page

Leal Filho, Walter. (2000) Communicating Sustainability. New York: Peter Lang. Publisher's Web Page

McKenzie-Mohr, Doug. (1996) Promoting a Sustainable Future: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing. Ottawa: National Roundtable on Environment and Economy. PDF file

McKenzie-Mohr, Doug and Smith, William. (1999) Fostering Sustainable Behaviour: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers. Publisher's Web Page

McKenzie-Mohr, Doug; Lee, Nancy; Schultz, P. Wesley; and Kotler, Philip. (2012) Social Marketing to Protect the Environment: What Works. Los Angeles: Sage. Publisher's Web Page

Oepen, Manfred and Hamacher, Winfried. (2000) Communicating the Environment: Environmental Communication for Sustainable Development. New York: Peter Lang. Publisher's Web Page

Olson, Randy. (2009) Don't be such a Scientist. Washington: Island Press. Publisher's Web Page

Parker, Lea J.. (1997) Environmental Communication: Messages, Media and Methods: A Handbook for Advocates and Organizations. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Publisher's Web Page

Tyson, Ben and Hurd, D. Mercedes. (2009) Social Marketing Environmental Issues. Bloomington: iUniverse. Publisher's Web Page

Whitmarsh, Lorraine; O'Neill, Saffron and Lorenzoni, Irene. (2010) Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication. London: Routledge. Publisher's Web Page

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Environmental Journalism Handbooks

Friedman, Sharon and Freidman, Kenneth. (1988) Reporting on the Environment: A Handbook for Journalists. Bethlehem, PA: Department of Journalism and Communication, Lehigh University.

Frome, Michael. (1998) Green Ink: An Introduction to Environmental Journalism. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. Publisher's Web Page

Goldberg, David. (1999) Covering Urban Sprawl: Rethinking the American Dream. Washington: RTNDF. Publisher's Web Page

Keating, Michael. (1992) Covering the Environment: A Handbook on Environmental Journalism. Ottawa: National Roundtable on Environment and Economy. Publisher's Web Page

Luechtefeld, Lori. (2004) Covering Pollution: An Investigative Reporter's Guide. Columbia, MO: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. Publisher's Web Page

Ward, Bud. (2003) Reporting on Climate Change: Understanding the Science (3rd. ed.). Washington: Environmental Law Institute. Publisher's Web Page

Ward, Bud. (2008) Communicating on Climate Change: An Essential Resource for Journalists, Scientists, and Educators. Narragansett, RI: Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Web Page

West, Bernadette; Sandman, Peter M. and Greenberg, Michael R. (1995) The Reporter's Environmental Handbook. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Publisher's Web Page

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