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‘Climate Shame’: How ExxonMobil’s climate denial mimics tobacco industry’s victim-blaming propaganda

A new study published yesterday by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes of Harvard found ExxonMobil used a frame of climate “risk” to make it sound uncertain, and emphasized “demand” to deflect blame for their pollution off themselves and onto the public. Just like how Big Oil would come to hire and embrace Big Tobacco’s “scientists” and organizations, ExxonMobil, the study says, […]

Warming is clearly visible in new NOAA Climate Normal datasets

Anyone who listens to weather reports has heard meteorologists comment that yesterday’s temperature was 3 degrees above normal, or last month was much drier than normal. But what does “normal” mean in this context – and in a world in which the climate is changing? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released updated “climate […]

EPA data kept secret under Trump shows climate crisis becoming ‘More evident, stronger, more extreme’

During its four years in power, the oil-friendly Trump administration kept the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Change Indicators page completely frozen, suppressing an updated assessment of how the planetary emergency is affecting the United States and other parts of the world After four years of dormancy — as a part of @POTUS's commitment to scientific quality and transparency […]

May 16th

5 Ways the World Bank’s Climate Action Plan Could Go Further

The recent 2021 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund spring meetings took place during challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused loss of life and exacerbated global poverty and inequality, while draining governments resources. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate change are starting to be felt on a broad scale, resulting in the loss of homes, crops […]

Ecoright climate news for the week of May 14

Hello, and Happy Friday! The other night, I was binge watching my new favorite show when my cat Fang, who is working on her thesis in napping, jumped off the couch and dashed for the curtains. She was batting around a bug of some sort, but I couldn’t tell what it was. Figuring it was […]

The outlook for coral reefs remains grim unless we cut emissions fast — new research

The twin stress factors of ocean warming and acidification increasingly threaten coral reefs worldwide, but relatively little is known about how various climate scenarios will affect coral reef growth rates. Our research paints a grim picture. We estimate that even under the most optimistic emissions scenarios, we’ll see dramatic reductions in coral reef growth globally. […]

EcoRight: Rep. Fitzpatrick reintroduces MARKET CHOICE Act

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick reintroduced the MARKET CHOICE Act, the only carbon tax bill being championed by a House Republican. The bill, which has bipartisan support, would implement a fee on carbon emissions, proceeds which would be used to fund infrastructure advancement and development. The bill would also eliminate the gas tax. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN “We […]

Dinesh D’Souza says since people have always been poor, climate change can’t hurt them?

A week ago, Vice President Kamala Harris gave a speech on immigration, and mentioned climate change and extreme weather as some of the forces destabilizing the regions and pushing many people to flee North. The administration’s focus is (among other things) on “addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration,” the Washington Times coverage quotes Harris […]

The US owes a massive climate debt. One way to pay it: Let in climate migrants.

The United States has generated more heat-trapping carbon pollution than any other nation, but it has not felt the impact of climate change in equal measure. Poorer countries in warmer latitudes are enduring the most devastating droughts, heat waves and violent storms, and seeing more poverty, disease and mass migration as a result. By doing so much to fuel climate change, the United States has incurred […]

May 13th

Satellites reveal ocean currents are getting stronger, with potentially significant implications for climate change

Scientists already know the oceans are rapidly warming and sea levels are rising. But that’s not all. Now, thanks to satellite observations, we have three decades’ worth of data on how the speeds of ocean surface currents are also changing over time. By Navid Constantinou, Australian National University; Adele Morrison, Australian National University; Andrew Kiss, […]

Big Oil pretends to embrace climate action nationally, while fighting climate policies locally

This week, fossil fuel giant BP announced that while it left some trade groups last year, supposedly over their climate denial, it’s still going to maintain membership in the American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, US Chamber of Commerce and others. Apparently those groups’ lip-service embrace of a price on carbon is enough to set them apart from […]

Ecoright Speaks podcast – Skeptical Science founder John Cook

This week’s guest is the brains behind climate myth busting endeavors like Skeptical Science and Cranky Uncle. John Cook is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Climate Change Communication Research Hub at Monash University. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN He obtained his PhD at the University of Western Australia, studying the cognitive psychology of climate science denial. His research focus is understanding […]