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Exxon Is Desperate to Keep People From Realizing It Lied About Climate

6 Mins Read By Geoff Dembicki Oil executives delayed and deflected at a historic congressional hearing into climate denial Thursday. Experts say once people learn the truth it could be game over for Big Oil. Exxon had been dreading this day for decades.  On Thursday, the top executive at the oil and gas giant was grilled by Democratic lawmakers […]

‘Chevron Is Not An Evil Company’: Warren Buffett Rejects Climate & Diversity Shareholder Resolution At Berkshire Annual Meeting

4 Mins Read Warren Buffett helped to reject a shareholder resolution that would push his multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway to inform investors about climate risks. In addition to defending the dirty oil and gas industry, the billionaire CEO also tore down a resolution that called for greater diversity and inclusion efforts, putting the old-fashioned firm out of step […]

U.S. Animal Agriculture Subsidies Soared In 2020 Despite Climate & Health Damage

4 Mins Read Farm subsidies and bailouts for animal agriculture companies in the U.S. skyrocketed in 2020 to continue to prop up the carbon-intensive and health damaging industry, new data has revealed. Describing the coronavirus-stricken period as a “blowout year” for the sector, sustainable farm policy nonprofit Agriculture Fairness Alliance (AFA) are calling for American tax dollars to […]

Climate Disinformation Is Real: So What Should Journalists Do?

6 Mins Read By: Andrew McCormick Texas had only just frozen over.  In the wake of a devastating winter storm, millions in the state were without power and struggling to find warmth. They boiled snow for water; some were dying. And against all evidence the anti-climate political right was grousing about windmills and blaming a Green New Deal […]

Facebook Launches Climate Change Centre In Attempt To Combat Misinformation

3 Mins Read Facebook has introduced a new “Climate Change Information Center” to connect users to science-backed facts on the climate crisis. It comes as a part of the social media giant’s renewed sustainability efforts, which include slashing its carbon emissions to zero by the end of this year. In recent months, Facebook has come under widespread criticism […]

QAnon Conspiracy: Far Right Group Convince Thousands To Join Climate Denial Campaign

8 Mins Read By: Sharon Kelly Back in December 2019, two conspiratorial worldviews collided as, for the first time, QAnon’s Q suggested his followers should question anew a topic that, by now, has been considered, and reconsidered, for decades: climate change. “The Paris Agreement on Climate is Another Scam to Ripoff Taxpayers and Enrich the Politicians,” the Q-Drop (the term QAnon followers use […]

Yes, The Rise In Forest Fires & Climate Change Are Connected, No Matter What The Skeptics’ Say

5 Mins Read By: Joan Conrow As wildfires blaze throughout the American West, climate change skeptics are downplaying both their devastating impact on forests and the role of rising global temperatures in sparking infernos. This point of view was expressed in a piece published this week by Michael Shellenberger, an environmental activist and writer whose new publications seek to minimize the […]

Anti-Renewables ‘Planet of the Humans’ Film Taken Down From YouTube

3 Mins Read Michael Moore’s controversial documentary, Planet of the Humans, has just been removed from YouTube in response to a British environmental photographer’s copyright claim. The film has been widely condemned by climate scientists for its unfactual portrayal of renewable energy.  Since Moore dropped the full version of his movie on YouTube on the eve of Earth […]

No Mask? You May Not Worry About Climate Change, Either

4 Mins Read By: Jenessa Duncombe People untroubled by climate change are more likely to forgo masks in public. According to a recent poll by the technology company Morning Consult, the decision to wear a mask in the United States correlates with an individual’s concern about climate change. In an online survey of 2,200 adults on 14–16 April, a little […]

Eco-Fascism Is On The Rise, Here’s How You Can Fight Against It

3 Mins Read Since the pandemic struck, a slew of stories pointing to what appears to be the positive impact of coronavirus on the environment have been circulating on social media. While it is indeed true that carbon emissions have significantly decreased due to a nosedive in air travel, road traffic and industrial activity, experts and activists are […]

OPINION: Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Film Trashes Clean Energy, Offers Zero Solutions

8 Mins Read Editor’s Note: Lest this piece may be misunderstood, it’s worth nothing that this publication believes a good takedown can be an incredibly important tool in the climate crisis fight. But takedowns should be nuanced, fact-checked and offer helpful, hopeful alternatives. Planet of the Humans does neither. Yes clean energy is plagued by many issues. Does […]

Trump’s EPA Is Unleashing The Pollution That Makes Us Vulnerable To COVID-19

6 Mins Read By: Sharon Zhang The suspension of air pollution regulations threatens to further harm communities struggling to cope with the pandemic. Past exposure to air pollution increases the risk that an individual will suffer critical illness after contracting COVID-19, according to a report released on April 8 by researchers at Harvard. In light of this finding, the […]

Anti-Climate Groups Are Using Coronavirus Fear To Fight Plastic Bag Bans

3 Mins Read A number of conservative think tanks and lobbying groups are now using the coronavirus pandemic to stoke fears about reusable products in order to fight plastic bag bans in the United States. Articles misrepresenting studies are now being circulated to convince readers that reusable cloth bags are worse than plastic ones in terms of spreading […]

‘Climate Emergency’ Is Oxford Dictionary’s Word Of The Year 2019

2 Mins Read After a 100-fold increase in usage, Oxford Dictionaries has just declared that the word of the year for 2019 is “climate emergency”. The massive spike in the use of the term demonstrates “greater immediacy” in the conversations we’re now having about climate change.  According to the dictionary’s data, the number of times that “climate emergency” […]