A new ruling by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has provided further evidence that it cannot be trusted to uphold standards of accuracy in the reporting of climate change, writes Bob Ward. Read more
Climate change denial
Climate change denial refers to the deliberate rejection of the scientific evidence about anthropogenic climate change. Understanding the origin, motivation and tactics of climate change denial is not just an issue of academic curiosity. Climate change denial can potentially hinder action by citizens and policy-makers to mange the risks of climate change and unnecessarily exposes people to bigger risks from increases in the frequency and intensity of many extreme weather events, including heatwaves, floods, wildfires and droughts.
Climate change denial takes many forms. Some people deny that the global temperature is rising and the climate is changing. Others accept that the climate is changing, but deny that human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, are primarily responsible. And yet others, sometimes called ‘lukewarmers’, accept that the climate is changing and that human activities are the main driver, but deny that the impacts could be significant.
In all of these cases, the denial means a rejection of overwhelming evidence and irrefutable facts. While climate change denial is waning as more people see for themselves that climate change is already occurring around the world, it is still promoted in some public discussions, political processes and media coverage. The Grantham Research Institute actively challenges climate change denial around the world in order to promote the public interest.
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This is a response to a review by the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee of the Editors’ Code of Practice, a public consultation. Read more
Bob Ward describes how a free market lobby group, the American Institute for Economic Research, who have organised a controversial petition against the use of lockdowns to tackle COVID-19, have used similar methods in the past to spread misinformation about other health and environmental risks, including climate change. Read more
Bob Ward writes on the implications for climate change coverage in the UK of appointing Charles Moore and Paul Dacre as chairs of the BBC and Ofcom respectively. Read more
Last week Bjorn Lomborg joined a climate debate on Sky News during which he frequently misled the audience with inaccurate or misleading statements. Here Bob Ward explains in detail how Dr Lomborg distorts the truth about climate change. Read more
Bob Ward discusses two new books written by prominent ‘lukewarmers’: False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the... Read more
In this commentary, written in The Guardian, Bob Ward says that the media vilification of government adviser Neil Ferguson is about far more than social distancing. He says it is part of a media campaign led by those who are ideologically opposed to government measures in response to COVID-19. This campaign is similar to previous campaigns aimed at discrediting climate scientists. Read more
Bob Ward asserts that the spread of misinformation about the causes of Australia's current bushfires - which experts link explicitly to climate change - is a threat to lives and livelihoods. Read more
Charles Moore’s recent stint as guest editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme shows how climate change ‘sceptics’ abuse freedom of expression says Bob Ward. Read more
With Extinction Rebellion bringing parts of London to a standstill, right-wing national newspapers have been growing increasingly desperate in their... Read more