Welcome to the DeSmog Media Center. If you’re looking for information on noted climate change deniers, or on the use of PR techniques and spin by politicians, scientists, and in the media, you’ve come to the right place.
Since we launched in January 2006, we’ve compiled an extensive collection of resources. Please use this media center to full advantage for your own reporting.
Should you want more information on a particular issue, denier or organization, and cannot find it here, please feel free to contact us at editor [at] desmogblog [dot] com.
As always, we’re happy to receive tips from our readers. Please submit those to editor [at] desmogblog [dot] com. Spin is everywhere, and it’s clouding climate science and confusing the public. Help us in our mission for sound reporting on climate science. After all, you can’t spin Mother Nature.
DeSmog exists to clear the PR pollution that is clouding the science on climate change. An overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists agree that the globe is warming and that the indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels is to blame. We know that the risks are incalculable and, increasingly, we understand that the solutions are affordable and wise choices for many reasons.
DeSmog Disinformation Research Database
A database of individuals, organizations, “think” tanks, PR pros and corporations actively involved in clouding the science on climate change.
Resources and links to climate science websites
The Scientific Consensus
Here is a review by Science magazine that looked at 928 abstracts, published in refereed scientific journals between 1993 and 2003, and listed in the ISI database with the keywords “climate change.” Not one of these studies disagreed with consensus view on climate change.
G8 Climate Statement (PDF)
Here is a 2005 joint declaration on the realities of global warming signed by the heads of the chief scientific advisors for all the G8 countries (China, Canada, Brazil, Russia, United States, Japan, Italy, India, Germany).
IPCC: The Scientific Basis
Here is the list of publications and reports issued by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – supported by the world’s leading climatologists.
The Royal Society - A guide to facts and fictions about climate change (PDF)
“This document examines twelve misleading arguments (presented in bold typeface) put forward by the pponents of urgent action on climate change and highlights the scientific evidence that exposes their flaws. … This document has been endorsed by the Council of the Royal Society, and draws primarily on scientific papers published in leading peer-reviewed journals and the work of authoritative scientific organisations, such as the IPCC and the United States National Academy of Sciences.”
This is a climate change website run by leading climate change scientists. Here you will find out about the latest climate science, as well as information on the scientific myths on climate change.
The Scientific Case for Human-Induced Global Warming
Here is an article written by renowned author, and DeSmog contributor, Ross Gelbspan, that summarizes the scientific evidence on man-made climate change.
Here is a backgrounder on climate change written by DeSmogBlog writer Richard Littlemore in 2006.
Climate Change Science Search Engine
Created by Greg Laden at ScienceBlogs.com, this search engine will scan a large number of sites known to have good climate change related information on them.
Helpful resources for researching the backgrounds of climate change deniers and PR professionals
ExxonSecrets exposes the campaign ExxonMobil has run for decades to fund climate change denial and delay political action.
Run by the Center for Media and Democracy, this site offers information on PR professionals in all sectors, including the fossil fuel industry and climate change. The CMD was founded by John Stauber, author of 5 books on the PR industry, including Toxic Sludge is Good for You and Trust Us, We’re Experts.
Also run by the Center for Media and Democracy, Sourcewatch is an encyclopedia of well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who “front” corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Also run by the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC Exposed tracks the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council's efforts to undermine the public interest and democracy through lobbying and collaboration between corporations and politicians on “model bills” developed behind closed doors to shift state laws in favor of corporate interests instead of the public.
This site, based in Australia, is the go-to resource for debunking specific arguments made by climate deniers.
Formerly run by Media Matters Action Network, and now hosted by American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, this website is an interactive database that tracks the flow of money among conservative donors, organizations, and candidates.
US Senate Lobby Filing Disclosure Program
A searchable database containing all US lobbyists, who they work for and the policies they are lobbying to change.
Government of Canada Lobbyist Registration
A searchable database containing all Canadian lobbyists, who they work for and the policies they are lobbying to change.
The Legacy Tobacco Documents
This site contains the entire library of documents relating to the Master Settlement Agreement between the US and the tobacco industry. In this searchable database you will find that many of the self-proclaimed climate change “skeptics” were also involved in confusing the public about the harmful effects of cigarette smoke.
Type in any website address in the “WHOIS” Lookup and see who really owns a website. We are constantly amazed at the information we find using this site.
Check out this site for detailed information and analysis of industry donations to US politicians.
Dirty Energy Money
Run by Oil Change International, this site tracks the oil, gas and coal industry money flowing into the U.S. Congress.
Government of Canada Corporate Registry
Find out the who's who of a corporation or a non-profit registered under Canada's corporate registry act. For example, we found that the founding directors of a non-profit called The Natural Resource Stewardship Project were also lobbyists for the energy industry.
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