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QAnon conspiracies starting to overlap with climate denial networks

Hey champ, got a minute? Grab a seat, buddy, it’s time we have… The Talk. You may have noticed some changes recently in your body politic, like hair-brained conspiracy theories growing in new places, or new feelings about your fellow Americans – specifically their seemingly ever-more-tenuous grasp on reality. Don’t worry, you’re right to be concerned, […]

September 1st

Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the coronavirus pandemi

The COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation. In this environment, false narratives – the virus was “planned,” that it originated as a bioweapon, that COVID-19 symptoms are caused by 5G wireless communications technology – have spread like wildfire across social media and other communication platforms. […]

July 28th

War on Science: Every unhappy conspiracy theorist is unhappy in their own way

The latest issue of the Atlantic magazine, Shadowland, focuses on a topic near and dear to us: conspiracy theories. Though not specific to climate, the parallels are clear and the fact that deniers are basically just motivated conspiracy theorists is, well, undeniable. By Climate Denier Roundup Jeffrey Goldberg’s essay looks at the difference between famous kooks like […]

Climate Change conspiracy site Infowars wants the FBI to check out John Kerry’s hurricane-busting Antarctic energy beam

Media Matters posted a clip from Infowars on Friday that is truly something special. The video’s host is Owen Shroyer, a climate change denier who was named in the defamation suit for his participation in Alex Jones’s Sandy Hook conspiracy theories – and starred in a viral video where a hero of a kid calls him “a fucking idiot” and flips him the bird. On Thursday’s show, […]

Climate change denial and white nationalism – allies in conspiracy madness

On Tuesday, Anthony Watts ran an announcement on his climate denial website WUWT about a new Norwegian study of “cool dudes” – the characterization of the typical old white conservative male denier. Coinciding with study’s publication, the study author will lead a new research hub in Sweden, the Centre for Studies of Climate Change Denialism, to explore the […]

Is Fracking Causing Blackbird Deaths and Earthquakes?

Alfred Hitchcock must be smiling. Officials are still telling people the recent fish and bird deaths in Arkansas and Louisiana that some have dubbed “aflockalypse” are perfectly normal – while also admitting they have no idea what really caused the die-offs. Stepping into that information vacuum, bloggers are asking if there’s a link between the deaths […]

January 6th