Climate change denialism uses disinformation techniques such as fake news, manipulation and online tactics to contradict the evidence-based scientific consensus on the global warming emergency. Guarantying access to truthful information is essential for World citizens to understand, support and promote political initiatives necessary to combat the climate crisis. This panel of experts reporting and exposing climate change denialism disinformation campaigns will bring light to a major challenge facing journalism today.
- Richard Black is Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), whose core work is to ensure that discourse in the UK on climate change and the energy transition is rooted in evidence. Richard’s background is in broadcasting and journalism – he worked for BBC World Service in various roles including presenting science programs before becoming BBC News Environment Correspondent. On leaving the BBC Richard was Director of Communications for the Global Ocean Commission. In 2018 he wrote ‘Denied: The Rise and Fall of Climate Contrarianism’, the only book about the UK’s climate contrarian elite. Richard frequently contributes to media, including taking part in the BBC’s Attenborough documentary ‘Climate Change: The Facts’.
- Berna González Harbour is a writer, journalist, political analyst and cultural collaborator. She is currently the Deputy Director of EL PAÍS newspaper, where she was previously posted as Head of Opinions, Editor of Babelia, editor-in-chief of International section and special correspondent to many countries in conflict. She currently writes in Culture, Babelia and Opinion sections at EL PAÍS and regularly participates in the Spanish most-listened morning radio program “Hoy por hoy” (Cadena SER).
- Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. He has published more than 200 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including numerous papers on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what variables determine people’s acceptance of scientific findings. His research examines people’s memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led him into research in climate science and climate modeling. He has also contributed around 50 opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media.
- Paul D. Thacker is a journalist based out of Madrid, and a former Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. For several years, he led a series of high profile investigations in the United States Senate that created reforms in medicine, including passage of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and revising the conflict of interest policies at the National Institutes of Health. He has written on scientific ethics and disinformation for numerous outlets including The Progressive, JAMA, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and the BMJ.
PRESENTED AND MODERATED
- Irene Lozano, journalist, writer and State Secretary for Global Spain, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.