Fossil fuel companies spent millions of dollars on advertisements containing climate disinformation and greenwashing at COP27

Fossil fuel companies spent $4m on climate disinformation at COP27 in Egypt, with majority of content originating from a US based PR firm. Stuti Mishra discusses the disinformation efforts in an article on The Independent website.   Fossil fuel lobby waged $4m disinformation campaign during climate summit, report finds Fossil fuel companies spent millions of … Continue reading Fossil fuel companies spent millions of dollars on advertisements containing climate disinformation and greenwashing at COP27

Injecting humour into a serious topic like climate change helps get the message across to a broad audience

Climate change is no laughing matter, but these artists are exploring dark ideas in meaningful and humorous ways. Alistair Walsh explores how cartoonists deal with climate change in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Cartoonists tackling climate change through webcomics The thermometer was touching 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in the central Indian city … Continue reading Injecting humour into a serious topic like climate change helps get the message across to a broad audience

Spanish utility implements ambitious, personalised information campaign

Through intelligent algorithms, a Spanish utility will produce 90 million communications with personalised advice for an information campaign to help households reduce energy consumption and save on bills. Yusuf Latief discusses the campaign on the Smart Energy International website.   Iberdrola’s information campaign to spur 11mn customers to reduce energy use Iberdrola launched the information … Continue reading Spanish utility implements ambitious, personalised information campaign

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”