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Graham Readfearn is an independent journalist based in Queensland, Australia, with 20 years experience as a reporter and writer on newspapers, magazines, radio and online.

In Australia, Graham's features, stories and commentary on climate change and sustainability issues have been published on The Guardian, G Magazine, ABC Environment, The Drum and Crikey.

In his native UK, Graham worked on daily regional newspapers for five years at The Gazette in Blackpool and The Yorkshire Post in Leeds. His campaigns highlighted major malpractices at a chemical reprocessing factory and helped secure better payments for war pensioners.

A long-running campaign to increase the levels of physical education in UK schools was quoted in British Parliament and won him the regional sports writer of the year award from Britain’s Sports Writers’ Association.

He moved to London and the BBC’s national 24-hour news and sport radio network FiveLive to work as a broadcast journalist, script writer and producer.

During two years there, he was part of the team producing the live rolling coverage of the New York September 11 attacks and was studio producer as news broke of an IRA bomb in London’s Ealing suburb. In the wake of British race riots, he conceived and co-produced a live three-hour programme on multicultural issues from Europe's largest Indian curry restaurant.

After a career-break to travel the world he returned to the UK as a freelance feature writer covering social affairs, youth issues, regeneration, social enterprise and sustainability for national magazines and newspapers.

After moving to Australia in 2005, he was a feature writer for Queensland's main daily newspaper, The Courier-Mail, where he launched his first environment blog, GreenBlog, writing more than 650 posts and moderating in excess of 14,000 comments.

He likes chickens (he's got six), his kids (he's got two), his wife (just the one), coffee and other things - although not necessarily in that order.

Graham writes the Planet Oz blog on The Guardian and occasionally blogs at www.readfearn.com

"Landing Team" for Trump's EPA: Climate Science Deniers and a Lawyer Known For Harassing Climate Scientists

David Schnare

President-elect Donald Trump’s future Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is really taking shape with his newly announced EPA chief (and friend of the fossil fuel industry), Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and the addition of lawyer David W. Schnare to the so-called EPA “landing team.”

Schnare is a lawyer known for filing several onerous legal requests to see the email inboxes of climate scientists and EPA administrators. He is now one of seven people chosen to coordinate information gathering for Trump's future administration with current staff at the EPA.

This group of seven picked by Trump’s transition team constitutes individuals almost universally dismissive of climate science, and many have strongly attacked the EPA’s climate plans. 

Donald Trump Confirms Climate Science Denier and Fossil Fuel Industry 'Stenographer' Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

Scott Pruitt

Only a few days ago, some journalists and newspapers were editorializing a visit to Trump Tower by climate campaigner and former vice president Al Gore as a sign of hope.

Perhaps President-elect Donald Trump could be turned from his position as a climate science denier who had declared the issue a Chinese hoax? Was he softening?

Announcements in recent hours and days about just who will be working with the EPA, and who will lead it under Trump, will likely put that sentiment to rest. 

Trump has reportedly confirmed that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — a lawman who does not accept the mountains of evidence linking human activity to global warming — as the next lead administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

GOP-led Science Committee Sends Twitter Followers To Breitbart For Climate Misinformation

If you ran the Twitter account for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, where do you reckon might you send your 178,000 followers for information on climate change?

Before you all shout “NASA”, we should first remember the GOP-led committee is chaired by Republican Lamar Smith and has a habit of calling climate science denialists and conservative commentators as supposed “expert” witnesses. 

Revealed: Most Popular Climate Story on Social Media Told Half a Million People the Science Was a Hoax

The most popular climate change story across social media in the past six months used a debunked survey from the late 1990s to claim that “tens of thousands of scientists” had declared global warming a “hoax”, a DeSmog analysis has found.

Published on YourNewsWire, the story was shared, clicked or “liked” 557,000 times on social media, with 555,000 of those engagements from Facebook. The story's author worked for many years with UK conspiracy theorist David Icke.

Marrakech COP22 Climate Talks Closing With Call for Higher Ambition, Renewables Commitment by Climate Vulnerable Forum

The climate talks in Marrakech are drawing to a close with a plea from some of the world’s poorest countries to step up ambition on cuts to greenhouse gases — and they are leading by example by announcing a commitment to strive for 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

The two-week talks in Morocco began as the U.S. election delivered Republican candidate Donald Trump a victory few predicted.

Trump has pledged to cancel the U.S. commitment to the Paris Agreement signed at the previous UNFCCC talks in Paris in December 2015.

A coalition of 47 countries most at risk from the impacts of rising greenhouse gas emissions — called the Climate Vulnerable Forum — pledged to raise their own ambition by sourcing all energy from renewables by midcentury.

Donald Trump’s Victory A Major Win For Fossil Fuel Interests and Climate Science Deniers As Countries Gather for UN Talks

Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States, marking a major victory for fossil fuel interests and the network of groups and individuals across the world who deny climate change science.

The election of Trump, who has described climate change as a “hoax,” has sent shockwaves across the geopolitical world and added undeserved legitimacy to the arguments of climate science deniers.

Questions will now be raised about just how much damage a Trump administration could do to climate change policies domestically and internationally.

Environmentalists have said a Trump presidency would be a “planetary disaster.

About Ezra Levant’s Clip of Cheering Journalists at UN Climate Talks. Those Aren’t Reporters and That’s Not The Press Room

Canadian conservative commentator and climate science denialist Ezra Levant has won his battle with the United Nations to have staff from his media outlet accredited  to cover climate talks starting next week in Morocco.

Three staffers from Levant’s online outlet, The Rebel, were initially denied media accreditation for the COP22 talks in Marrakesh, after the UN described Rebel as “advocacy media”. The Financial Post is reporting that the UN has granted Rebel two spots, but Rebel is pushing back for a third.

Why 'Thinking Australians' Will Not Be Fooled By Murdoch Media's Latest Hypocritical Attack on Green Groups

Rarely does the Murdoch media in Australia need an invitation to attack environmentalists.

Whether it’s backing climate science denialists or criticising environment groups for getting in the way of coal projects, NewsCorp Australia’s flagship The Australian newspaper is a reliable supporter of coal developments.

In recent days, the conservative media stable has pushed hard with a story plucked from the Wikileaks release of the email inbox of John Podesta, the chairman of Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Revealed: What Ezra Levant Wanted His "Banned" Reporters To Do At Marrakech UN Climate Talks

Conservative Canadian broadcaster Ezra Levant is appealing to the public and his prime minister to intervene in a row with organisers of the upcoming United Nations climate conference.

Levant wanted to send three staff members from his “The Rebel” media company to the COP22 talks taking place next month in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Rebel had applied to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for media accreditation but, according to screenshots shared by Levant, the UN has declined the application because “advocacy media outlets do not qualify for media accreditation.”

DeSmog can reveal that Levant’s crew intended to film other journalists at press conferences and outside the venue, in an apparent attempt to expose what Levant thinks is a hypocritical media.

At a Rebel event in Edmonton in September, U.S.-based climate science denialist Marc Morano, who would be an “honorary Rebel journalist” in Morocco, told an audience member he intends to “put on a disguise” at the conference.

Global Warming Policy Foundation Video on Antarctica Criticised By Own Source for Sea Level Claims

GWPF Antarctic Fail

When is a “climate briefing” not actually a briefing?

Perhaps when it’s only 90 seconds long and comes from a group with a history of promoting climate science denial that’s been in trouble with government charity watchdogs for pushing one-sided views?

The group in question is the London-based Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), founded by Conservative Party peer Lord Nigel Lawson.

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