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James Enstrom: How Big Tobacco’s favorite researcher weaseled his work in to the EPA

There are only a handful of credentialed deniers still alive and generating nominally peer-reviewed papers to support their fundamentally anti-regulatory agenda. Over at InsideClimateNews, Marianne Lavelle recently dove into the long, downward slide of the scientific career of James Enstrom, once a respectable up-and-coming physicist before diving into the world of tobacco-funded anti-regulatory pseudoscience. By Climate Denier Roundup His story […]

Insurance companies understand climate risk — So why are they funding Fox’s climate change denial?

A new report from Media Matters found a handful of major national insurance companies are “top sponsors” of Fox News, staying loyal to the station’s climate and COVID-19 denial even after many major brands have dropped the channel due to its embrace of white supremacism. By Climate Denier Roundup  As the report points out, the insurance […]

Climate Change: Link between Earth’s heat and hurricane strength grows

Researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies have greater confidence that warming surface temperatures and increasing tropical cyclone intensity appear to go hand-in-hand. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) indicates a significant global increase in hurricane intensity over a four-decade period, showing the emergence of more significant findings than previous […]

Climate change deniers hate experts – like the healthcare pros who say climate change is now a cause of death.

Last week, researchers from Harvard and the American Cancer Society published a commentary piece in the ACS’s journal about the ways in which cancer and climate change interact. By making extreme weather more intense and frequent, climate change is exposing more people to industrial pollution through floods and wildfires that release otherwise buried or contained carcinogens. Those […]

This surprising fact about research funding could explain why it’s so hard to get traction against climate change

To fund, or not to fund? That is the question for organizations backing research on the world’s climate crisis — the question they must ask about every proposal that crosses their desks. A new analysis of money that governments and independent organizations spend on climate change research indicates that just 5% of funds over the past […]

Thanks to Coronavirus, Americans now also see climate change as a more immediate threat

A new public opinion survey released by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that even amid the COVID-19 crisis, “a record-tying 73% of Americans think global warming is happening. Only one in ten Americans (10%) think global warming is not happening. Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber […]

Climate Hawk RL Miller wins election to DNC (This should shake things up)

RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote (and regular contributor to RedGREENandBlue), was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party’s governing body to improve how it handles the climate crisis and fossil fuel industry, according to a Thursday interview in Emily Atkin’s HEATED newsletter. By Jessica Corbett Common […]

Climate change deniers love to be (selectively) outraged (Greta vs Seibt)

Recently, deniers absolutely lost their shit when CNN put Greta Thunberg on a panel about coronavirus, hope and fear, to talk about the importance of listening to experts. They also attacked her for the recent news that she’s started her own foundation to give away the monetary prizes she’s won for her activism, including some coronavirus relief efforts specifically targeting at-risk youth. But you probably […]