Climate Feedback receives Special Mention of the Jury for the Best Climate Solutions Award 2018


Climate Feedback was recognized for bringing its “expertise, balance, and commitment against fake news and catastrophism”. The jury said about Climate Feedback: “Fact-checking, collaborative structure, and scientific expertise are the cornerstones of this initiative which sifts through social media in search of climate change news to verify its reliability and release science-proven analyses.”

False claims of a coming ice age spread through ecosystem of unreliable news sites, blogs, and social media accounts


Similar claims that we would be heading towards an imminent “mini ice age” were also repeated without verification throughout a network of unreliable outlets for climate news including Sputnik, The Sun, Fox News, and numerous hyper-partisan blogs such as Zero Hedge, Principia Scientific, IceAgeNow, Alien-Star…

Sky News Australia airs false climate information in misleading video by Rowan Dean


“While the variations in the Sun’s magnetic activity (leading to small variations in solar radiation reaching the Earth) have some discernible effect on our climate, their impact is small compared to the effects of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.”

Climate Feedback accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter for the second year


Climate Feedback has received accreditation by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute for the second year. Climate Feedback is the first and only accredited organization pioneering a community approach to “fact-checking”: crowdsourcing the evaluation of information credibility from a network of scientists with relevant expertise. The IFCN is “committed to promoting excellence … Continued

A discussion with experts on California wildfire links to climate change


In many of these conversations, the question is framed in a fairly reductionist way: “Did global warming cause the California fires?” A more nuanced and scientifically-answerable question might be: “Has global warming increased the likelihood or severity of large late-season wildfires in California?”

Most popular climate change stories of 2017 reviewed by scientists


Many stories were written about climate science in 2017, but were the ones that “went viral” scientifically accurate? To find out, we compiled a list of articles with the most comments, shares, and likes on social networks using data from Buzzsumo*. From that list, we selected the articles containing verifiable assertions on the topic of … Continued

US Congressman Lamar Smith rushes to dismiss study of Texas hurricanes like Harvey in a warming climate


“Congressman Smith is an expert at using seemingly true statements to convey falsehoods.” – Prof. Kerry Emanuel

Tony Abbott speech on climate change rehashes misleading, inaccurate talking points


“the usual mix of misdirection, falsehoods and tirades against ‘brigades’ who supposedly say this and that but are never clearly identified”.
In his speech, Abbott repeated common climate change contrarian talking points that are either incorrect, fallacious, unsupported, misleading, or cherry-picked. Read below for detailed reactions from scientists.

Poynter Training “SciFacts II: Fact-Checking Claims About Science”


  Tuesday, October 17, 9 a.m. -5 p.m The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Poynter Institute will host a free one-day workshop to discuss the key challenges of reporting the facts about science at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 17. REGISTER HERE Event description: During this special daylong event … Continued

False claim that global warming is natural propagates in a climate misinformation echo-chamber


The diagram below shows that the articles mostly rely heavily on each other—like in an echo chamber—with very few outside sources included in the reporting. A first wave of “reporting” appeared in The Spectator, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and Breitbart, which were then largely copied and pasted in a second wave of posts with larger audiences…