A Harvard report published Tuesday highlights rampant greenwashing by leading companies on social media

An AFP news item on the France 24 website discusses a report commissioned by Greenpeace Netherlands that analysed the text and images of 2,300 posts by 22 of Europe's largest carmakers, fossil fuel producers and airlines this June and July. Two-thirds of companies' social media posts painted a "green innovation" sheen on their operations, the … Continue reading A Harvard report published Tuesday highlights rampant greenwashing by leading companies on social media

A new study finds that extreme weather can make the internet an even more unpleasant place

By analysing about four billion tweets from the United States, researchers found that both extremely cold weather and extremely hot weather led to more hate speech, with a higher rate for extreme heat. Ethan Freedman discusses the findings in an article on The Independent website.   Extreme heat is fuelling hate speech in America, according … Continue reading A new study finds that extreme weather can make the internet an even more unpleasant place

European mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities

Mayors from European cities travelled to Kyiv on Friday 19 August to sign a political agreement to support the sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities. The accord outlines plans to match rebuilding needs in Ukraine with capabilities of other European cities. The pact is backed by the city network, Eurocities, and signed by Ukraine’s Congress of … Continue reading European mayors pledge sustainable rebuilding of Ukrainian cities

“Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

With Google hosting nine out of every 10 online searches, Google’s change to reduce airline emissions could have wide repercussions for people's travel decisions. Justin Rowlatt discusses in an article on the BBC News website. Let us know your reaction.   Google change reduces airline emissions calculations Your flights now appear to have much less … Continue reading “Google has airbrushed a huge chunk of the aviation industry’s climate impacts from its pages”

Historical data on global warming subject to misrepresentation

Every time there is a heat wave in France, the same copy-and-paste text about precedents since 1152 is circulated online. Although extreme heat events did indeed take place, they were much less intense and frequent than those in the 21st century. Romain Geoffroy discusses in an article on Le Monde website.   Global warming: Beware … Continue reading Historical data on global warming subject to misrepresentation

Secret work to help power companies protect their profits and fight the transition to cleaner forms of energy

Hundreds of pages of leaked internal documents in the US show how power companies are protecting their profits and, worryingly, fighting the transition to clean energy. Miranda Green discusses latest developments in an article on The Guardian website.   Leaked: US power companies secretly spending millions to protect profits and fight clean energy The CEO … Continue reading Secret work to help power companies protect their profits and fight the transition to cleaner forms of energy

“The legacy of all that climate disinformation remains”

David Klepper from The Associated Press writes on the National Newswatch website about the role of climate disinformation. Starting in the 1980s and 1990s, as public awareness of climate change grew, fossil fuel companies poured millions of dollars into public relations campaigns denouncing the accumulating evidence supporting the idea of climate change. We are paying … Continue reading “The legacy of all that climate disinformation remains”

Need for a community-based climate approach in Australia to ensure any new infrastructure integrates with people’s lives, values, and aspirations

Bjorn Sturmberg, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Johannes Hendriks and Pierrick Chalaye, all from the Australian National University write on The Conversation website that a techno-fix is not enough to address climate change. The climate and environmental crises demand innovations in our everyday infrastructures. If these changes are to be accepted and adopted en masse, we must find … Continue reading Need for a community-based climate approach in Australia to ensure any new infrastructure integrates with people’s lives, values, and aspirations

Now, listen here – special big brain series

A podcast on Mrs. Green’s World with John A. “Skip” Laitner, International Resource Economist, Past-President of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) and University of Arizona Instructor. Skip is well known to EiD readers. Impact Earth: Special Big Brain Series, Episode 1 This is the first episode in a three-podcast series that they … Continue reading Now, listen here – special big brain series

People’s views of the climate crisis can be influenced by the media but research shows it only has limited impact

Fiona Harvey writes on The Guardian website about recent research in the US that people’s views of climate science really were shifted by reading reporting that accurately reflected scientific findings but the effect quickly faded. One way to reinforce the impacts of accurate science reporting was to repeat it more often. What are your views? … Continue reading People’s views of the climate crisis can be influenced by the media but research shows it only has limited impact