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Professor and Director, University College London

Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a Professor at University College London and the Director of the London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership. He is a founding Director of Rezatec Ltd, a data product...

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  • Apr 29, 2021

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change - where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.

Their hold on the public seems to be waning. Two recent polls suggested over 75% of Americans think humans are causing climate change. School climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion protests, national governments declaring a climate emergency, improved media coverage of climate change and an increasing number of extreme weather events have all contributed to this shift. With pledges from the US and China there seems to be a renewed optimism that we can deal with the crisis.

In this article I list and explain the fice major ways that climate change deniers try to sow doubt on the reality of climate change - hopefully these insights will help you push back on these false claims and carry on saving the planet.

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Matt Chester on Apr 29, 2021

I doubt we'll ever get to 100% understanding of climate science among the population-- no matter the topic you can always find people disagreeing for the sake of disagreeing, mistrust of authorities, and even conspiracies. It seems too ingrained in the modern world from the Internet and access to misinformation-- but as long as we can get most of the way there (particularly with elected officials!) then we'll have all the momentum we need to continue to prioritize climate action

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