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Blog entryAustralia's Controversial Adani Coal Mine Gets Final Government Approval Graham Readfearn01 month 2 days ago
Blog entryComment: Judge in Peter Ridd Case Says Trial Was Not About Climate Science or Freedom of Speech Graham Readfearn01 month 1 week ago
Blog entryWhat President Trump, Fox and Breitbart Are Not Saying About Climate Science Denier Patrick Moore Graham Readfearn01 month 3 weeks ago
RogueAndrew Bolt Graham Readfearn01 month 3 weeks ago
RogueJohn O'Sullivan Graham Readfearn02 months 1 week ago
Blog entryPhysicist William Happer, the 'Unmoored' Climate Science Denier Heading a White House Climate Probe Graham Readfearn02 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryOn Health of the Great Barrier Reef and Case of Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd, Sky News Creates Alternate Reality Graham Readfearn02 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryDonald Trump Tweets Infographic Undermining His Own Anti-Wind Energy Rage Graham Readfearn03 months 1 week ago
Blog entryGuns, Climate Denial and Conspiracies: Al Jazeera Captures Australian Far Right Political Figures Meeting Koch Industries Graham Readfearn03 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryWhy We Should Not Be Surprised That Murdoch Tabloid's Favorite Sydney School Pupil Didn't Join Climate Strike Graham Readfearn03 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryCan YouTube Solve Its Serious Climate Science Denial Problem? Graham Readfearn04 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryBitter Legal Fight Between Climate Deniers Ends With $630,000 Transfer to New Group Targeting Climate Scientists and Campaigners Graham Readfearn05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryFive Climate Science Deniers to Know in Trump's Administration Graham Readfearn05 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryClimate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers Graham Readfearn05 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryMining Director Ian Plimer Misrepresents Climate Consensus Studies in The Australian Newspaper Graham Readfearn05 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryIPCC Report Says 1.5C Climate Target Is Reachable, But Only With Rapid Fossil Fuel Phase Out Graham Readfearn07 months 4 days ago
Blog entry'Vast Blind Spot': IPCC Accused of Ignoring 'Decades Long' Fossil Fuel Misinformation Campaign on Climate Graham Readfearn07 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Christian Vacation Camp Where Kids Are Taught by Notorious Climate Science Deniers Graham Readfearn08 months 4 days ago
Blog entryBillionaire Mining Magnate Gina Rinehart Revealed As Key Donor to Australian Climate Science Denial Promoter Institute of Public Affairs Graham Readfearn08 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entry'Mud and Confusion': Oil and Gas Industry Goes On Defense as Studies Show Offshore Exploration Could Kill Zooplankton Graham Readfearn09 months 3 weeks ago
RoguePrincipia Scientific International Graham Readfearn011 months 3 days ago
Blog entry'Doing the Lord's Work' Heartland Institute Gathers Climate Deniers For America First Energy Conference Graham Readfearn011 months 1 week ago
Blog entryClimate Science Deniers Defend New York’s American Museum of Natural History From Calls to Drop Trustee Rebekah Mercer Graham Readfearn01 year 1 month ago
Blog entryClimate Science Deniers From Around Globe Rally Around Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd Graham Readfearn01 year 1 month ago
Blog entryFriend of Mike Pence and a Coal-Funded Lawyer Form 'Accountability' Group to Attack Climate Lawsuits Graham Readfearn01 year 2 months ago

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Australia's Controversial Adani Coal Mine Gets Final Government Approval

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Students protest the Adani coal mine at the School Strike for Climate

The Adani Carmichael coal mine — one of the most controversial fossil fuel projects in Australia’s history — has been handed its final environmental approval.

Based in Queensland, the Indian-owned mine has been beset by controversy after gaining its first set of approvals back in 2014, sparking a nationwide “Stop Adani” movement and multiple legal challenges.

Comment: Judge in Peter Ridd Case Says Trial Was Not About Climate Science or Freedom of Speech

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Peter Ridd speaking to the Institute of Public Affairs

Sacked Australian scientist and hero of climate science deniers everywhere — Dr. Peter Ridd — has won his case against former employer James Cook University (JCU).

Judge Salvatore Vasta, in Australia’s circuit court, said actions the university took to censure and ultimately fire Ridd were all “unlawful.”

In a long statement, JCU said it was “considering its options” and said it disagreed with the judgment, adding it “does not refer to any case law, nor any authority in Australia to support its position.”

On Health of the Great Barrier Reef and Case of Sacked Scientist Peter Ridd, Sky News Creates Alternate Reality

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Peter Ridd

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in some serious trouble, with the latest research in the journal Nature showing the number of new corals has dropped by 89 percent.

In 2016 and 2017, the reef was smashed by back-to-back mass bleaching events and heat stress caused by global warming that killed about half the corals.

Dead corals don’t make babies,” said James Cook University’s Professor Terry Hughes, the paper’s lead author.

We used to think that the Great Barrier Reef was too big to fail — until now,” added colleague Professor Morgan Pratchett.

The paper was just the latest in a steady and, many would agree, depressing parade of findings for the World Heritage icon. And if the scientific papers don’t do it for you, then there are always the pictures.

But the release of the study served as a remarkable contrast to the way the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sky News, furnished with material from climate science denial think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, has been “reporting” on reef science in the past week.

On at least five occasions the channel has interviewed the IPA’s policy director Gideon Rozner, who has been updating the channel on the case of Dr. Peter Ridd, a marine scientist specializing in sediments who was fired in March 2018 from James Cook University.

According to the various interviews, the reef is in great shape, the science is probably wrong, and Ridd is a “world renowned” reef expert in a historic fight for freedom. None of this is true, yet the claims have been allowed to stand unchecked.

Guns, Climate Denial and Conspiracies: Al Jazeera Captures Australian Far Right Political Figures Meeting Koch Industries

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Sitting in the offices of Koch Industries in Washington D.C., far-right Australian politician Steve Dickson shows his hand in a request for their cash.

This lefty attitude that just thinks solar and wind are going to change the world for the better … it’s sending us all broke,” Dickson, the Queensland leader of the political party One Nation, told Koch Industries director of federal affairs Catherine Haggett.

The exchange with the petrochemical giants, from September 2018, is part of a blockbuster hidden-camera investigative series released by Al Jazeera.

Why We Should Not Be Surprised That Murdoch Tabloid's Favorite Sydney School Pupil Didn't Join Climate Strike

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Student holding sign at school climate strike

Somewhere in the order of 150,000 students went absent from classes in Australia on Friday afternoon for the global “School Strike 4 Climate” marches.

In what might be seen as an afternoon practical lesson in democracy, free speech, and civic engagement, students from cities and towns across the country and the world marched, chanted, and held placards aloft.

One of the biggest marches in Australia saw 25,000 students on the streets of Sydney, the home of the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Daily Telegraph.

But one student in particular caught the eye of The Daily Telegraph — a 17-year-old, Year 12 pupil called Joanne Tran, who wrote an article for the newspaper explaining why she would not be marching.

What President Trump, Fox and Breitbart Are Not Saying About Climate Science Denier Patrick Moore

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Tucker Carlson and Patrick Moore

What does it take to become a legitimate spokesperson on climate change science and energy policy in the eyes of President Donald Trump and partisan conservative media like Fox News and Breitbart?

If the current worshipping of non-expert and climate science denier Patrick Moore is anything to go by, the only qualification you need is the ability to call first-term Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a “pompous little twit” on Twitter.

No other actual expertise is, apparently, necessary. This is fortunate, because Moore has no expertise on climate science.

Can YouTube Solve Its Serious Climate Science Denial Problem?

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Climate denier video clips on YouTube

What are we in for next?” asks the narrator on the YouTube video.

Will the temperature resume an upward trend? Will it remain flat for a lengthy period? Or will it begin to drop? No one knows, not even the biggest, fastest computers.”

The video — with the clickbait title “What They Haven’t Told You about Climate Change” — has been watched more than 2.5 million times on the Google-owned video platform.

Physicist William Happer, the 'Unmoored' Climate Science Denier Heading a White House Climate Probe

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Will Happer

In 2016, retired Princeton physicist Professor Will Happer accepted an invitation from conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin to give a keynote at his conference to talk about the “positive effects of CO2.”

Griffin thinks the science behind global warming is a scam. He also thinks there is “no such thing” as the HIV virus and that some plane contrails are part of a political plot to spray the population with poisons.

In an interview at the conference, Happer repeated his well-oiled mantra that “CO2 will be good for the Earth” and how it was “pretty clear we are not going to see dangerous climate change.”

Under normal circumstances, you might think that Happer's association with a notorious anti-science conspiracy theorist might not look good on your résumè for a government science committee. However, these are not normal times.

Mining Director Ian Plimer Misrepresents Climate Consensus Studies in The Australian Newspaper

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Ian Plimer

Because most of us aren’t trained as oncologists or meteorologists, we tend to do the sensible thing and rely on those folk for facts on cancer, or the weather.

It’s likely too that we’d act on their advice by seeking treatment after a diagnosis or packing an umbrella (or, if you’re in dangerously hot Australia right now, have a plan to stay cool).

The same goes for climate science. At least six studies have shown that climate scientists agree that burning fossil fuels causes climate change.

What should follow, of course, is that policy makers (and the rest of us) act on their advice. 

This is why climate science deniers and fossil fuel interests have tried so hard, and for so long, to convince the public that the consensus isn’t real.

When researchers a few years ago looked at more than 200 opinion articles by conservative columnists, they found that their most popular argument against climate action was that there was no consensus

The latest attempt to undermine the consensus came from the hand of mining industry figure and geologist Ian Plimer in the pages of the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Australian newspaper. The clear errors in the article should embarass any editor who printed it.

Climate Advocates Underestimate Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns, Say Top Researchers

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Myron Ebell at a Heartland Institute conference

Climate action advocates have underestimated the strength and sophistication of decades-long fossil fuel-funded misinformation campaigns and need a coordinated set of strategies to fight back, say leading academics.

Among those strategies, say the three researchers from Yale and Brown University, are promoting financial transparency, suing misinformers and their funders, and researching the vast networks of think tanks and front groups.

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Yale University's Professor Justin Farrell and Kathryn McConnell, together with Brown University’s Professor Robert Brulle, say people working on responses to climate change “cannot afford to underestimate the economic influence, institutional complexity, strategic sophistication, financial motivation, and societal impact of the networks” behind climate misinformation campaigns.

Brulle, who is also an academic at Drexel University, told DeSmog that after conversations with leaders of environment groups and foundations, he had concluded “there is virtually no understanding of the nature or extent of misinformation efforts and organized efforts to stop climate action.”

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