Deutsche Welle

Climate change: ‘Fake news,’ real fallout


"More and more, what becomes influential online is not always written by journalists. This opening of the world of journalism to many more people, like PR people and bloggers, is bringing a lot of inaccurate information online" Vincent told DW. And journalists get it wrong too, misinterpreting or cherry-picking the data, or taking conclusions out of context. In cases like this, articles can be misleading even if they aren't deliberately manipulative.


Why climate change is the easiest news to fake


"Climate Feedback is a voluntary initiative of well-known and respected scientists reviewing climate change articles for accuracy, whose first work came in 2015. Among the articles reviewed: The Wall Street Journal op-ed on rising sea levels, which was described as “grossly” misleading to readers; and, on the other side, a highly cited New York Magazine article that the reviewing scientists said exaggerated how bad climate change could get."

Science Alert

The Wall Street Journal Still Treats Climate Change as “Opinion”


"For years, the WSJ has run opinion piece after opinion piece, questioning the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Too often, these "opinions" are written by authors with strong ties to the fossil fuel industry... Science doesn't care about your opinion."

The Conversation

La chasse aux « fake news », c’est aussi bon pour le climat


"La communauté scientifique a un rôle à jouer pour mieux informer ses concitoyens face à la montée en puissance des campagnes organisées de désinformation. Climate Feedback propose un modèle qui pourrait être adapté à d’autres domaines touchés par ce phénomène, comme l’énergie ou la santé."


These 11 Environmental Sites Bring Innovation to Climate Change Coverage


"We asked award-winning TV reporter Jeff Burnside to break down environmental journalism. He’s the past president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, so he’s an expert in this arena... Climate Feedback is a global network of scientists who assess the credibility of influential climate change media coverage.Its first mission essentially is to fact-check, and it’s pretty fascinating."

American Press Institute

The Week in Fact-Checking


"Are the people at Climate Feedback fact-checkers or not? They’re not sure they are, but when you read their process for verifying information in buzzy science articles, you might agree the world could use more fact-checking operations like this."

Duke Reporter's Lab

Fact-checking triples over four years


"There’s also growing variety among the fact-checkers. Our database now includes several science fact-checkers, such as Climate Feedback and Détecteur de Rumeurs from Agence Science-Presse in Montreal."

The Mac Observer

TMO Background Mode Interview with Axios Energy & Climate Reporter Amy Harder


"It can be very hard sometimes as a reporter to separate out the political statements from the science on both sides. And so I don’t want to hear an activist to say climate change caused hurricane harvey because that’s not accurate. I want to hear a scientist say, 'well it can make it worse, we are doing studies to find out if that was actually the case' so that’s what I really appreciate with Climate Feedback. [...] That’s a good example of something I would like to see more of."

Columbia Journalism Review

At Climate Feedback, scientists encourage better science reporting. But who is listening?


"The site can be a valuable resource for journalists, says Robinson Meyer, who covers climate change for The Atlantic. Climate Feedback has reviewed three of Meyer’s stories. All received a good score. “Getting their validation is really useful,” he says. “For longer stories, often you end up parachuting into these sub-disciplines without really understanding them.” [...] And then he can show the assessment to his boss to say, “Look, I got it right,” he says. Meyer also likes reading analyses of his colleagues’ work to see if the expert reviewers confirm his own assessment of the article."


Bad news travels fast


" Lots of popular climate change articles aren’t totally credible, scientists say. Some of these articles are sensationalized very nearly to the point of inaccuracy. Others are cases of “elaborate misinformation.” A review from Climate Feedback, a group of scientists who survey climate change news to determine whether it’s scientifically sound, looked at the 25 most-shared stories last year that focused on the science of climate change or global warming."