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Climate change in popular culture

The issue of climate change and global warming, their possible effects, and related human-environment interaction have entered popular culture since the late 20th century.

Science historian Naomi Oreskes has noted, "There's a huge disconnect between what professional scientists have studied and learned in the last 30 years, and what is out there in the popular culture."[1] An academic study contrasts the relatively rapid acceptance of ozone depletion as reflected in popular culture with the much slower acceptance of the scientific consensus on global warming.[2]


  • Film 1
  • Literature 2
    • Non-fiction 2.1
    • Fiction 2.2
  • Theater 3
  • Television 4
  • Comic books 5
  • Video games 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8




This refers to the classification non-fiction, without regard to whether the books are accurate or intended to be accurate.



  • The Contingency Plan (2009) by Steve Waters is a diptych of plays first performed at the Bush Theatre in London. They are set in the near future, at a time during which severe tidal surges begin to submerge parts of coastal Britain.


Comic books

Video games

  • Civilization II is a strategy game released in 1996, in which the pollution created by industrial production and transportation, if left unchecked, leads to desertification.
  • Fuel (2009 video game) is a racing video game set in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by extreme weather fueled by global warming.
  • In 2008, the TamaTown website featured a game that taught children how to prevent global warming.

See also


  1. ^ Sandi Doughton (October 11, 2005). "The truth about global warming".  
  2. ^ Sheldon Ungar, "Knowledge, ignorance and the popular culture: Climate change versus the ozone hole," Science 9.3 (2000) 297-312.
  3. ^ Oprah's Books
  4. ^ , retrieved on 2009-04-14.Arctic DriftBookBrowse website,
  5. ^ Random House, Inc. website, "Sixty Days and Counting'" Retrieved on 2009-04-14
  6. ^ website, "Books by Kim Stanley Robinson" Retrieved on 2009-04-14
  7. ^ The Guardian website, "McEwan's new novel will feature media hate figure" Retrieved on 2010-02-01
  8. ^ website, "The Stone Gods" Retrieved on 2010-01-02
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