Online influencers, fossil fuel companies and some of the countries attending COP28 have nourished a feedback loop of falsehoods.
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 episode explores the concerning rise of climate change disinformation on prominent social networks. It highlights how social media has exacerbated the weaponisation of climate change within the context of culture wars and revealing the pivotal players who amplify climate misinformation and disinformation within online communities.
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 research explores the strategies that institutions supporting scientific consensus on climate change undertake in order to communicate through social media. We conducted 21 semi-structured interviews with community managers and communication directors of organizations of different characteristics in several countries.
A new report details a growing fad among a certain sect of conspiracy-minded health and lifestyle influencers on Instagram: climate denial.
This study tests the eﬀect of climate change memes on theperceived risk of climate change and the intention of onlineengagement regarding climate change issues. Results show thatexposure to climate change memes increases individual intentions ofonline civic engagement regarding climate change. Additionally,empathy is found to mediate this eﬀect. However, risk perception ofclimate change is not altered after exposure to climate change memes.
UnF*cking the Planet is a new YouTube series produced by Pique Action that brings a sharp perspective to the climate conversation. Directed by Adam Felber and hosted by popular TikTok sensation Hazel Thayer, the six-episode season satirically cuts through the BS and offers tangible solutions…and maybe even a dose of confidence in a better future.
The author of this opinion piece argues that our communication environment is as degraded as our natural environment, and we can’t address one without addressing the other. Carbon pollution will fry the planet and communication pollution — the big lies, constant noise, threats of violence — will prevent us from doing anything about it.