How to talk to a climate denier
Hello! This week we’re talking about climate misinformation and how we tackle it. Mis- and disinformation about the climate crisis is not new: since the 1970s industry players and fossil fuel giants have been denying the reality of climate change in order to sow confusion and polarise public support for taking action. Delay is the new denial, according to Jennie King, who talks to us about some of the arguments used to delay action on climate change. Professor Sander van der Linden tells us about the psychology of misinformation spread and why social media has only turbocharged it. Finally, Sean Buchan talks to us about the grassroots campaign Stop Funding Heat which aims to make climate misinformation unprofitable.
Plus: Geoff goes on a gastronomic journey with Ed's latest cooking attempt.
Professor Sander van der Linden, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Cambridge (@Sander_vdLinden)
Taxonomy of climate contrarian claims Academic paper: Coan, Boussalis, Cook, Nanko
Discourses of Climate Delay Comic by Céline Keller
Pre-order a copy of Sander's book Foolproof: Why we fall for misinformation and how to build immunity
DeSmog Journalism to clear the 'PR Pollution' clouding the science and solutions to climate change
Skeptical science Website set up by academic Jon Cook to examine the science and arguments of climate scepticism
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