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Climate Misinformation on Social Media Is Undermining Climate Action

By Jeff Turrentine Photo: Ericka Lugo

To hear some climate scientists and activists tell it, there are actually encouraging signs that climate skepticism is on the decline. The evidence for climate change that’s all around us—temperatures in Antarctica were recently 70 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they’re supposed to be—has made it harder and harder for deniers to, well, deny.

04/19/22
                                                               

As Earth’s temperature rises, Massachusetts residents’ sense of urgency on climate change declines

By Sabrina Shankman and Dharna Noor Photo: Jsirlin , Adobe Stock

Despite increasingly urgent international warnings and an onslaught of catastrophic wildfires and weather linked to global warming, fewer Massachusetts residents see the climate crisis as a very serious concern than they did three years ago, according to a new poll.

04/19/22
                                                               

Column: The only thing we should be talking about is the climate crisis

By Mary McNamara Photo: Burak Arik / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Why are we talking about anything but climate change? This is a question I ask myself every time scientists release one of their consistently alarming reports on the projected countdown to doomsday.

04/07/22
                                                               

Pinterest takes a stand on climate misinformation

By Leon Kaye

Many of the social media platforms that surround us seem innocuous enough. They give us the options to share what we had for breakfast, the latest latte art, stay in touch with our friends and share our personal interests. But as we’ve seen over the past several years, users can deploy social media tools as weapons of division and misinformation. Now Pinterest, the popular platform for “pinning” how we cook, plan milestone events and design our home, announced yesterday that “pinners” who spread climate misinformation should pack up their digital pinboards and find another site to spew “alternative facts.”

04/07/22
                                                               
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Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects

By Julia Simon Photo: Charlie Riedel/AP

On a winter night in early 2016, Jeremy Kitson gathered in his buddy’s large shed with some neighbors to plan their fight against a proposed wind farm in rural Van Wert County, Ohio. The project would be about a mile from his home.

03/28/22
                                                               

Oil and Gas Industry Heavily Outspends Clean Energy and Environmental Groups on Lobbying in California

By Josh Slowiczek

Oil and gas interests spent four times as much as environmental advocacy groups and almost six times as much as clean energy firms on lobbying efforts in California between 2018 and 2021, according to a Capital & Main analysis — reflecting the intensity of the industry’s efforts to influence policy in a state whose leaders have vowed to build an energy future free of fossil fuels.

03/17/22
                                                               

Climate change is at a ‘political tipping point’ – Al Gore on the Radio Davos podcast

By Robin Pomeroy

Former US vice president Al Gore has been pushing for climate action for decades and maintains optimism, despite the fact that greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise while the science says they need to be cut to zero by 2050.

03/10/22
                                                               

Editorial: U.N. finally calls out misinformation blocking climate action

By the Times Editorial Board Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A landmark U.N. climate report on the escalating effects of global warming broke new ground by finally highlighting the role of misinformation in obstructing climate action. It was the first time one of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s exhaustive assessments has called out the ways in which fossil fuel companies, climate deniers and conspiracy theorists have sown doubt and confusion about climate change and made it harder for policymakers to act.

03/07/22
                                                               

The ironic effort to wave away climate change in favor of ‘clean air’

By Philip Bump Photo: Dan Koeck for The Washington Post

en. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) appeared on Fox Business on Wednesday to discuss his policy priorities in the wake of President Biden’s State of the Union address. As might have been predicted — given Biden’s desire to broaden the country’s response to climate change and Manchin’s reluctance to endorse Biden’s agenda — the subject matter soon turned toward the warming of the planet.

03/03/22
                                                               

Americans agree climate change is an issue — but differ on what to do

By Evan Bush Photo: Derek Davis , Getty Images

Three-quarters of Americans believe the U.S. ought to participate in international efforts to address climate change, but a majority remain pessimistic about those efforts.

03/01/22