How high-profile scientists felt tricked by group denying climate change

Read the full story from the BBC.

A dozen scientists, politicians, and campaigners say they have been tricked into participating in online events promoting climate-change denial.

The events were organised by the Creative Society, an international activist group that denies global warming is being caused by human activity.

Twitter bans climate change propaganda ads as deniers target platforms

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Twitter is banning advertisements that promote climate change denial in an effort to curb the reach of groups seeking to downplay the extent of the environmental crisis.

Under the new policy, advertisements that contradict the “scientific consensus” on climate change will be prohibited along with other types of banned-ads such as campaigns that contain violence, profanity or personal attacks. Twitter will be relying on reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a unit within the United Nations, to inform its decisions about which advertisements break its rules, according to the company.

Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects across the United States

NPR reports that opponents of renewable energy are successfully stalling or rejecting projects across the country. Researchers say that in many groups, misinformation plays a role in slowing or derailing projects.

Columbia Journalism Review publishes two-part series on decline of local news reporting, why it matters, and how to improve it

The Columbia Journalism Review recently published a two-part series by Steve Waldman on the decline of local news reporting. It’s worth a look because, as the author points out in part one, “academic studies show that the local news collapse has likely led to lower voter turnout and bond ratings, and more corruptionwasteair pollution, and corporate crime.”

Part two of the series explores how to create a better local news system, including better service for communities of color and rural areas, and looks at how to improve the business model for local news.

Facebook failed to label over 50% of posts from top climate deniers

Read the full story from Treehugger.

How seriously does Facebook take its climate commitments? 

The company, now known as Meta, has reached net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for its global operations and says its supply chain will be net-zero by 2030. Yet a new report from watchdog group the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) finds that its platforms are still emitting unfiltered climate denial. 

“At a very simple level, Facebook is falling short of its promises to label and tackle climate disinformation,” CCDH Chief Executive Officer Imran Ahmed tells Treehugger. 

How oil companies rebranded deceptive climate ads as ‘free speech’

Read the full story in The Guardian.

In two dozen climate liability cases, companies are arguing that their public statements about climate change are not ‘deceptive’ so much as persuasive – and protected free speech

Disinformation, extremism make climate action tougher than it should be: McKenna

Read the full story at The Energy Mix.

With the last vestiges of a three-week occupation gradually clearing out of downtown Ottawa, and at least one key convoy organizer showing up in court wearing an “I [heart] Oil and Gas” hoodie, a former federal environment minister is pointing to parallels between two of the urgent, science-based issues the country faces—the pandemic and the climate emergency.

“On the negative side, we’re seeing the role of disinformation. We see it on climate. We’ve seen it about vaccines,” said Catherine McKenna, who served as environment and climate minister from 2015 to 2019 and took waves of vitriolic abuse for her efforts.

“Folks may be wondering why I’m tweeting up a storm about what’s going on in Ottawa,” she told The Energy Mix in an interview last week. “It’s because I worry about democracy. We’re not going to get climate action unless we have a government that represents the people who are demanding that action.”

NSF-funded team to develop community-specific information literacy tools

Read the full story in Library Journal.

With the help of a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded in September 2021, a team of researchers has launched “Adapting and Scaling Existing Educational Programs to Combat Inauthenticity and Instill Trust in Information,” a study created to understand the information literacy needs of populations usually overlooked in such work, and to test methods of improving information literacy among them. Starting with methods used in K–12 information literacy instruction, the project will investigate the processes several groups use to distinguish truth from untruth when making decisions, and then develop a new instructional toolkit for use outside the formal education system, with a strong focus on libraries.

Schoolkids are falling victim to disinformation and conspiracy fantasies

Read the full story in Scientific American.

Although children are prime targets, educators cannot figure out how best to teach them to separate fact from fiction.

The problem with how children in the U.S. are learning about climate change

Read the full story at The 19th.

Katie Worth’s new book, Miseducation, says climate change deniers and the fossil fuel industry seek to influence what students learn about global warming.