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Climate change misinformation — Center for Countering Digital Hate | CCDH

  2024-01-21 (or before) in Center for Countering Digital Hate | CCDH

Climate change misinformation sows skepticism creating the sense that there is a more extensive debate than there really is. Climate deniers spread baseless, unscientific climate denial harnessing the power of social media platforms.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


'Campaigns of misinformation' around heat pumps says energy minister amid record number of installations

  2024-01-20 in Sky News

The Climate Show with Tom Heap explored potential issues surrounding heat pumps and spoke to installers, customers, industry insiders, gas backers and even government ministers to confirm or debunk them.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Third of UK teenagers believe climate change exaggerated, report shows

  2024-01-16 in The Guardian

YouTube criticised for amplifying lies about the climate with disinformation videos watched by young people

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate misinformation is mutating on YouTube – and the platform is profiting | The Independent

  2024-01-16 in The Independent

Researchers analysed thousands of hours of YouTube content from the past six years and found that ‘old’ climate change denial is giving way to a new type of misleading content intended to muddy the waters

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Article 3 – Thank You Trump leans into climate denialism

  2024-01-08 in E&E News | Essential Energy and Environment News

CLIMATEWIRE | Former President Donald Trump isn’t known for his subtlety, especially when it comes to climate change — which […]

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate and vaccine misinformation seemed worlds apart – but it turned out the Cranky Uncle was a universal figure

  2024-01-06 in The Guardian

A game that teaches people how to spot climate misinformation is now being rolled out – with the same cantankerous central character – to combat vaccine hesitancy in the developing world

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation | Health | Africa


People working on climate solutions are facing a big obstacle: conspiracy theories

  2023-10-06 (or before) in NPR

To talk about the current state of climate disinformation, we checked in with three NPR reporters who have reported on climate, disinformation and the media.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Iowa Was a Wind Energy Leader—Then Memes Slowed Its Clean Energy Transition

  2023-09-27 (or before) by in Distilled - Michael Thomas

After years of growth, Iowa’s wind industry is facing local opposition fueled by misinformation.

  Tagged under: Wind Power | Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate protest crackdown shows how wrong the GOP is about free speech

  2023-09-17 (or before) in MSNBC News - Breaking News and News Today | Latest News

While free speech is under attack in the U.S., it’s neither the “woke left” nor disinformation researchers leading the charge.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate Science Denial Looms Large in GB News Linked ‘ARC’ Venture

  2023-09-05 by in DeSmog

“The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice”. This Martin Luther King quote was used by Conservative peer Baroness Stroud to introduce the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC), which launched in March.  Set up by the owners of GB News and involving “senior leaders from politics, media, culture, business, and […]

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation | Climate Justice


Tucker Carlson Spread Lots of Climate Misinformation. His Replacement Isn’t Much Better - Inside Climate News

  2023-07-21 by in Inside Climate News

Tucker Carlson may be gone from Fox News, but his spirit of climate denialism lives on in his replacement, Jesse Watters. On Monday, Fox debuted Watters’ show—Jesse Watters Primetime—at 8 p.m. That’s the old timeslot of Carlson, whom Fox fired back in April after a defamation lawsuit relating to Carlson’s coverage of the 2020 presidential […]

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


The climate change-denying TikTok post that won't go away - BBC News

  2023-06-30 (or before) in The BBC

The firm is struggling to stop climate misinformation spreading on its platform, BBC investigation finds.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Senate examines role of ‘dark money’ in delaying climate action

  2023-06-23 in The Guardian

The budget committee hearing looked into alleged misinformation from big oil that covered up ‘massive’ risks of the climate crisis

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Fossil Fuels | US Politics


G.O.P. Targets Researchers Who Study Disinformation Ahead of 2024 Election

  2023-06-19 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Judiciary | US Politics


We are Yellow Dot | An anti-bullshit media studio

  2023-06-17 (or before) in Yellow Dot Studios

We're fighting climate disinformation and inaction. Founded by Adam McKay, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of Don't Look Up.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


An activist group is spreading misinformation to stop solar projects in rural America

  2023-06-06 (or before) in NPR

An NPR/Floodlight investigation found that a longtime Republican insider is stoking solar opposition by spreading bad information about health and environmental risks. Her influence is growing.

  Tagged under: Solar Energy | Activism | Disinformation and Misinformation | Health


Twitter hinders 'troll hunters' battling climate denial

  2023-06-01 in France 24

For years, a band of science-loving "troll hunters" hounded climate change deniers off Twitter -- but Elon Musk's takeover has upended their efforts, with many ousted accounts back, pushing fresh disinformation.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Meet the Money Behind The Climate Denial Movement

  2023-05-20 (or before) by in Smithsonian Magazine

Nearly a billion dollars a year is flowing into the organized climate change counter-movement

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Economics | Disinformation and Misinformation


Documents reveal how fossil fuel industry created, pushed anti-ESG campaign

  2023-05-18 in The Hill

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that model legislation for an “Energy Discrimination Elimination Act” was submitted by an ALEC member but rejected by ALEC&#8…

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Legislation | ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance | Sustainability


Willie Soon

  2023-05-09 (or before) in DeSmog

Willie Wei-Hock Soon Credentials Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California (1991). [1] M.Sc. University of Southern California (1987). [1] B.Sc. University of Southern California (1985). [1] Background Willie Wei-Hock Soon is an aerospace engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Since 1992, Dr. Soon has been an astronomer at the Mount Wilson Observatory. Soon is also a receiving […]

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation | California


The Disinformation Playbook

  2023-04-25 (or before) in Union of Concerned Scientists

Five tactics business interests use to sideline science, deceive the public and buy influence at the expense of public health and safety.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Health


Blackout disinformation: An attempt to leave the energy transition in the dark - EU DisinfoLab

  2023-04-17 (or before) in EU DisinfoLab

This blogpost looks into the disinformation about a potential blackout that has recently flourished amid the energy crisis in Europe, specifically in Germany.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Big Oil v the World 1 - Denial

  2023-04-09 (or before) in YouTube

The story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago. Scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the wor...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Oil Industry | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Disinformation and Misinformation


Greta Thunberg and Sophia Kianni face disgusting misogyny from climate deniers | Red, Green, and Blue

  2023-03-21 in Red, Green and Blue

Happy Women’s History Month! Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that the climate disinformation sphere is once again filled with misogynistic attacks against women climate activists. By Climate Denier Roundup Recently, Greta Thunberg was targeted on social media for allegedly deleting a 2018 tweet that linked to an article that predicted climate change would wipe out humanity by 2023.  However, …

  Tagged under: Predictions | Climate Change | Activism | Disinformation and Misinformation | Women and Children


Spreading climate misinformation is fast becoming a shortcut to popularity across right-wing media. This man’s rise proves it.

  2023-03-05 (or before) in Media Matters for America

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Revealed: the hacking and disinformation team meddling in elections

  2023-02-15 in The Guardian

Unit led by Tal Hanan that boasts vast army of bots exposed by undercover reporters and leaked emails

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Meet the Man Fueling Clean Energy Opposition in the Midwest

  2023-02-10 (or before) by in Distilled - Michael Thomas

Kevon Martis and a group of fossil fuel-funded allies have led a decades-long campaign to sow fear and misinformation about renewable energy. It’s working.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Disinformation and Misinformation


Shell Canada’s Latest President Spent Years on Board of Climate Denier Group

  2023-01-18 by in DeSmog

More evidence the company’s net-zero plan is ‘total greenwashing,’ says one disinformation expert.

  Tagged under: Shell | Disinformation and Misinformation | Net Zero


Subpoenaed Fossil Fuel Documents Reveal an Industry Stuck in the Past

  2022-12-28 (or before) in The Intercept

The industry is still running the same five-step plan, to the same end: preserving power, subsidies, and social license.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


How A Nonprofit Spread Climate Misinformation to 100 Million People

  2022-12-09 (or before) by in Distilled - Michael Thomas

They used millions of dollars from fossil fuel billionaires to make climate misinformation videos. Google and Facebook helped them reach 100 million people.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate Action Against Disinformation | Open letter

  2022-11-15 (or before) in caad.info

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


MP joins climate change deniers’ ‘Project Fear’ on net zero - Grantham Research Institute on climate change and the environment

  2022-10-20 (or before) in London School of Economics

Bob Wards highlights errors in a recent article by Steve Baker MP that claims “the poorest will pay the highest price for Net Zero fantasies”, part of an apparent ramp-up in the misinformation campaign by British climate change deniers.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation | Net Zero


Behind the Scenes of British Media’s Climate Denial – Byline Times

  2022-08-02 by in Byline Times

Eliz Mizon talks to journalists from across the spectrum to discover why the UK media still peddles climate denying misinformation – even during an unprecedented heatwave

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Disinformation and Misinformation


Big Fossil’s Disaster Capitalist Response to Russia-Ukraine

  2022-07-31 (or before) in The Intercept

The industry moved quickly to capture the narrative, going from disinformation blitz to policy wins within a matter of weeks.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Capitalism | Fossil Fuels | Russia


When Extreme Weather Reigns, Disinformation Pours

  2022-07-29 by in DeSmog

Editor’s Note: This is part of a regular column, Gaslit, which navigates society’s dysfunctional relationship with fossil fuel disinformation. Have a tip or idea? Get in touch. Recent extreme weather across the globe is showing us how rapidly the climate is changing in an increasingly warming world. Heatwaves are scorching Europe, the United States, North Africa, Siberia, […]

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Heatwaves | Drought | Africa | Disinformation and Misinformation


The moral psychology of misinformation: Why we excuse dishonesty in a post-truth world

  2022-07-10 (or before) in ScienceDirect.com

Commentators say we have entered a “post-truth” era. As political lies and “fake news” flourish, citizens appear not only to believe misinformation, b…

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Deny, Deceive, Delay: Documenting and Responding to Climate Disinformation at COP26 and Beyond

  2022-06-09 (or before) in Institute for Strategic Dialogue

We outline the most prominent discourses identified around COP26. Looking ahead, we also list recommendations for governments, multilateral bodies, tech platforms and the media.

  Tagged under: COP26 | Disinformation and Misinformation


Oil and Gas Industry Seized on War in Ukraine to Water Down Climate Policy, Report Shows

  2022-05-25 by in DeSmog

While Russia dropped missiles on Kyiv and laid siege to the port of Mariupol in late February, the oil and gas industry took advantage of the war in Ukraine to spread misinformation about the causes of the energy crisis in order to apply political pressure and pursue a longstanding wish list of policy changes, according […]

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation | Russia


Climate Misinformation on Social Media Is Undermining Climate Action

  2022-05-09 (or before) in Natural Resources Defense Council

At their worst, social platforms are ideological echo chambers where falsehoods can’t be set straight. To fossil fuel interests, that sounds perfect.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate change: Misinformation on Facebook, YouTube 'as bad as ever'

  2022-01-25 (or before) in USA Today

Climate change lies, hoaxes and conspiracy theories still rampant on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube despite pledges to crack down, report says.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Big Oil hearing to kick off U.S. probe into climate disinformation -lawmaker | Reuters

  2021-12-22 (or before) in Reuters

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Google Pledged to Remove Ads From Climate Denial Sites, but Many Still Run

  2021-12-16 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Greenhouse Gases | Disinformation and Misinformation


Misinformation and propaganda campaign on net zero - Grantham Research Institute on climate change and the environment

  2021-11-26 (or before) in London School of Economics

Bob Ward outlines how a small group of MPs have launched a media campaign that is spreading misinformation about the UK Government’s climate change policies.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation | Net Zero


Climate change: Facebook fails to flag denial, study finds - BBC News

  2021-11-04 (or before) in The BBC

Researchers tracked thousands of posts denying climate change - and only 8% were marked as misinformation.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


In Their Own Words: The Dirty Dozen Documents of Big Oil’s Secret Climate Knowledge

  2021-10-30 (or before) by in The DisInformation Chronicle | Paul D. Thacker | Substack

Science historian Ben Franta unpacks some of the most critical documents exposing what the fossil fuel industry knew and when they knew it.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Big oil CEOs just lied before Congress. It’s time they’re held accountable | Jamie Henn

  2021-10-29 in The Guardian

The top oil executives claim they never approved a disinformation campaign. That is simply not true

  Tagged under: US Politics | Disinformation and Misinformation | Fossil Fuels


Fueling the Climate Crisis: Exposing Big Oil’s Disinformation Campaign to Prevent Climate Action

  2021-10-28 in United States House Committee on Oversight and Accountability -

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney's Opening Statement [PDF] Washington D.C. (October 22, 2021)— On Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. ET, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Ro Khanna, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment, will hold a hearing to examine the fossil fuel industry’s long-running, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming. The fossil fuel industry has had scientific evidence about the dangers of climate change since at least 1977.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation | Fossil Fuels | Legislation


BBC World Service - Trending, The Denial Files, 1. The 'd-words' v the planet

  2021-10-23 (or before) in The BBC

Could disinformation and denial sabotage the fight to prevent runaway climate change?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


EPA Failed to Correct Industry Misinformation About Deadly Air Pollution at Public Meetings

  2021-10-14 (or before) in The Intercept

“We need people more than we need ethylene oxide,” responded one outraged resident. “Stop making it, stop putting it out there.”

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


The Science of the Cranky Uncle game - Cranky Uncle

  2021-10-14 in Cranky Uncle

I’ve just published a new paper Teaching students how to spot climate misinformation using a cartoon game in the journal Plus Lucis. The paper is a readable (not too technical) explanation of the scientific research that informed the design of … Continued

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Online misinformation about climate change

  2021-09-21 (or before) in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews

Abstract Policymakers, scholars, and practitioners have all called attention to the issue of misinformation in the climate change debate. But what is climate change misinformation, who is involved,...

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


New Study Decodes ExxonMobil’s ‘Modern’ Climate Misinformation

  2021-05-14 by in DeSmog

What’s the single word that fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil’s flagship environmental reports to investors and the public tie most closely to climate change and global warming? According to newly published research from Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard research associate Geoffrey Supran, it’s a simple four-letter word, one that carries overtones not only of […]

  Tagged under: Exxon | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


As the United States rejoins the Paris climate accord, Fox News ramps up its climate misinformation campaign

  2021-02-04 (or before) in Media Matters for America

Right-wing outlets such as Fox understand that spreading misinformation about reasonable climate policies like the Paris agreement allows them to poison the well for more ambitious and much-needed climate proposals, especially when the other cable news networks fail to contextualize the climate threats these policies were developed to address.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Homepage - Cranky Uncle

  2020-12-04 (or before) in Cranky Uncle

The Cranky Uncle game uses cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation. The game was developed by Monash University scientist John Cook, in collaboration with creative agency Autonomy. The game is now available for free on iPhone and Android. Teachers interested … Continued

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Fact-check of viral climate misinformation quietly removed from Facebook

  2020-07-20 (or before) by in HEATED | Emily Atkin | Substack

A Daily Wire climate article rated “partly false” by seven scientists was brought to the highest levels at Facebook before the rating was removed.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Facebook creates fact-checking exemption for climate deniers

  2020-06-24 (or before) by in HEATED | Emily Atkin | Substack

A group with ties to the fossil fuel industry plans to use Facebook's op-ed loophole to spread climate misinformation.

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


NewsGuard - Combating Misinformation with Trust Ratings for News

  2020-05-27 (or before) in NewsGuard - Combating Misinformation with Trust Ratings for News

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Login • Instagram

  2020-02-24 (or before) in Instagram

Welcome back to Instagram. Sign in to check out what your friends, family & interests have been capturing & sharing around the world.

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Oil Industry | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Why is YouTube Broadcasting Climate Misinformation to Millions?

  2020-02-20 (or before) in Avaaz - The World in Action

YouTube is driving its users to climate misinformation and the world’s most trusted brands are paying for it

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


Why is YouTube Broadcasting Climate Misinformation to Millions? (eng).pdf

  2020-01-20 (or before) in Google Drive

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation


"Flood the zone with shit": How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

  2020-01-16 by Sean Illing in Vox

The impeachment trial didn’t change any minds. Here’s why.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Disinformation and Misinformation


YouTube Still Monetizing, Promoting Climate Science Denial, Report Finds

  2020-01-16 by in DeSmog

You don’t have to look far to find misinformation about climate science continuing to spread online through prominent social media channels like YouTube. That’s despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that humans are driving the climate crisis. A new report by the global activist NGO Avaaz reveals that, despite YouTube’s pledge to combat misinformation, the popular video […]

  Tagged under: Activism | Disinformation and Misinformation


Australia fires: AAP outline staggering deluge of online misinformation on bushfires

  2020-01-08 (or before) by in Australian Breaking News Headlines & World News Online | SMH.com.au

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has urged Australians to maintain a "healthy scepticism" towards online content.

  Tagged under: Bushfires | Disinformation and Misinformation | Health


Opinion: Green energy will gut more than the oil market

  2019-11-20 (or before) in Detroit News

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Oil Industry | Renewable Energy | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Exxon sowed doubt about climate crisis, House Democrats hear in testimony

  2019-10-23 by Emily Holden in The Guardian

Subcommittee laid out four decades of evidence just a day after oil behemoth began a trial over misleading investors

  Tagged under: US Politics | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Exxon | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


America Misled: How the fossil fuel industry deliberately misled Americans about climate change | Center For Climate Change Communication

  2019-10-21 (or before) in Center For Climate Change Communication

Over the past few decades, the fossil fuel industry has subjected the American public to a well-funded, well-orchestrated disinformation campaign about the reality and severity of human-caused climate change. The purpose of this web of denial has been to confuse the public and decision-makers in order to delay climate action and thereby protect fossil fuel Continue Reading

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


'Trollbots' Swarm Twitter with Attacks on Climate Science Ahead of UN Summit - Inside Climate News

  2019-09-16 by in Inside Climate News

CNN’s seven-hour climate change town hall for presidential candidates was not a TV ratings bonanza, but it set off a marked surge of activity on Twitter aimed at ridiculing the Democrats and dismissing the science. “Climate change” became the top two-word trending topic on Twitter for several hours after the event among the accounts being […]

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


The Truth About Greenhouse Gases | William Happer

  2019-03-03 (or before) in First Things | America's Most Influential Journal of Religion & Public Life

The object of the Author in the following pages has been to collect the most remarkable instances . . . .

  Tagged under: Environmental Protection Agency USA | CO2 | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


Climate Science Deniers Respond to IPCC 1.5C Report with Anger, Fear, and Distortion

  2018-10-11 by in DeSmog

A big UN report arrived on Monday, saying in no uncertain terms that the world has up to two decades to massively cut emissions by transforming the global economy if we want to avoid terrible climate impacts. Given the implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) findings — government intervention, progressive social policies, more international aid […]

  Tagged under: IPCC | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation | Climate Change Impacts | Economics


Koch brothers launch new misinformation campaign against electric cars

  2017-06-27 by in Electrek

Koch brothers launch misinformation campaign against EVs

  Tagged under: Disinformation and Misinformation | Electric Cars | EVs | Fossil Fuels | Cars


Ask Randall: Climate Change - Who Are The Real Deniers?

  2015-10-16 in Sacred Geometry International - The World Is Our Classroom

It is too bad that the term “denial” has become such a weasel word, invoked whenever a global warming proponent attempts to avoid any real debate. But what does this name calling say about the intellectual integrity these modern pharisees?

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


How To Win The Media War Against Grassroots Activists: Stratfor's Strategies

  2013-07-29 in MintPress News

The playbook: isolate the radicals, "cultivate" the idealists and "educate" them into becoming realists. Then co-opt the realists., Activists, Bart Mongoven, Global Intelligence Files, Intelligence, radicals, Stratfor, Wikileaks,

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Activism | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


How climate change sceptic Ian Plimer dodges valid criticism | James Randerson

  2009-12-14 by James Randerson in The Guardian

James Randerson: His book Heaven and Earth has fuelled sceptics the world over, but when I talked to Professor Plimer he sidestepped vital points

  Tagged under: Climate Change Denial and Disinformation | Climate Change | Disinformation and Misinformation


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