Historical geography III: Climate matters

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My third report covering recent research in historical geography focuses on climate, and particularly scholarship that explores how the meaning of climate and climate change varies in distinct cultural and temporal contexts. Viewing climate science, and more specifically interpretations of climate science, as a discourse amenable to cultural criticism suggests that notions of climate are and have always been a physical and social phenomenon. Reviewed research suggests that ideas of climate and climate change are intertwined with social mores, politics and institutions, philosophies of civilization and progress, and inseparable from the cultural expressions that give them meaning and, thus, are far too important to be left to climate scientists to narrate or interpret.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)476-489
Number of pages14
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • climate
  • climate change
  • climate discourse
  • cultures of climate
  • historical geography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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