CAAD's latest report unveils the impact of climate mis- and disinformation, shedding light on the roles played by the fossil fuel lobby, state-affiliated entities, and the online 'outrage economy.
This factsheet delves into platforms’ policies on climate change misinformationfocusing on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, X/Twitter and YouTube. In recent years, these very large online platforms have taken varying approaches to climate as a distinct vector of harm across their products and services, and tried to incorporate or strengthen actions in this regard.
In this Digital Dispatch, ISD investigates how Wellness and New Age influencers on Instagram are talking about climate change. The main findings include: Many Wellness and New Age influencers post outright misinformation or denial about climate change; arguments are diverse and often contradict one another. For example, some treat climate change as a hoax or conspiracy, while others claim it is evidence of “esoteric forces”; content adopts language highly specific to the community. This increases the resonance for dedicated followers and results in some unique framing on topics such as geoengineering and meat consumption; climate is inextricably linked to discussions…
This report assess and ranks the policies of five major platforms - Meta (Instagram and Facebook), TikTok, Twitter/X, YouTube, and Pinterest - that should aim to reduce the spread of climate mis- and disinformation in accordance with the standards set by the Climate Action Against Disinformation Policy Demands. The authors call on platforms to review the rankings and use them to guide future policymaking around stopping the spread of climate denial, greenwashing, hate speech, and public health misinformation.
This report explores how anti-renewable narratives spread through the online ecosystem of Spanish-speaking Internet users, the groups and individuals who seed and disseminate them, and the tactics these actors employ. The analysis found that the Spanish-language anti-renewables conversation is characterized by a range of narratives, and driven by actors from Spain, Latin America, and other ideologically aligned communities. It also uncovered insights into the dynamics and tactics used to spread this discourse across platforms.
A new study found that Spanish-language disinformation and misinformation about climate change have risen hand in hand with the spread of false narratives online undermining renewable energy initiatives as extreme weather events have become more severe and recurrent this summer. The most common narratives include false allegations that wildfires are intentionally created to clear land for renewable energy projects, such as windmills or solar farms.
In this book Lipsky masterfully traces the evolution of climate denial, exposing how it grew out of early efforts to build a network of untruth about products like aspirin and cigarettes. Featuring an indelible cast of heroes and villains, mavericks and swindlers, The Parrot and the Igloo delivers a real-life tragicomedy—one that captures the extraordinary dance of science, money, and the American character.
A conversation with David Lipsky about his new book, The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial. The book explores the long history of our understanding of climate science and the massive, industry-funded anti-science movement that worked to undermine action and cause an astonishing amount of destruction. He explains why he thinks climate deniers were so effective, why they were given such a big platform, and how Republican politicians came to embrace the anti-science cause.
This episode discusses how global warming grew from a minor nineteenth-century hypothesis into the consensus scientific position by the eco-conscious 1970s. Starting in 1988, though, contrarian scientists, lobbyists and right-wing politicians weaponised scepticism to ensure that nothing was done about it.
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, how does it spread, why does it matter, and what can be done about it?