November 30, 2023 | NYT

Climate mis- and disinformation, one of COP28’s biggest challenges

As the COP28 climate summit commences, the New York Times highlights the most recent release of “Deny, Deceive, Delay,” an annual report produced by the Climate Action Against Disinformation coalition, of which ISD is a member. Referring to disinformation as one of the summit’s “biggest challenges,” the article features ISD’s Head of Climate Research and Policy, Jennie King, an author of the report, describing the ubiquity of climate-related mis- and disinformation. “What has dramatically shifted is how central to public life mis- and disinformation about climate has become,” Jennie told the NYT.

Speaking to the normalisation of mis- and disinformation, Jennie said: “That’s what concerns me the most — how high-traction and how emotionally resonant this kind of content seems to be.”

CAAD’s report found that the term #ClimateScam, which rose to popularity prior to COP27 in 2022, had become even more popular in the year to date.