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Apparently @andersoncooper #ClimateTownHall just cited my & @NaomiOreskes's peer-reviewed study showing how #ExxonKnew about the global warming dangers of its products decades ago, then turned around & orchestrated a massive disinformation campaign to mislead the public. THREAD.
2/n: First, it's pretty surreal (& brilliant!) to have @CNN suddenly covering the s*** out of the climate crisis, helping to #EndClimateSilence. Less fantastic is that it's behind a pay wall, meaning many of us (including moi) can't actually watch it.
3/n: Second, & even more surreal: Who could've imagined presidential candidates in any previous election out-bidding one another to call out the fossil fuel industry as a bad actor that must be held legally, financially, & socially accountable for their climate denial & damages?
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So last month @NOAAClimate announced that July 2019 was the hottest month in all of human history.

The world is sailing into uncharted territory, where humans have never existed.

So how did the television networks report this news? Mostly?


@NOAAClimate @LesterHoltNBC @NBCNightlyNews, produced by @Matthewfrucci, failed to mention the historic and hugely important fact that July was the hottest month in human history. They performed full on climate silence.


@NOAAClimate @LesterHoltNBC @NBCNightlyNews @Matthewfrucci To our surprise @jaketapper @TheLeadCNN also failed to mention the historic and hugely important fact that July was the hottest month in human history. He also performed full on climate silence.


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This week there was no mention of climate change on @ThisWeekABC @MeetThePress @FaceTheNation or @CNNSotu, which all focused on the Muller hearings and Trump's racist tweets.

Meanwhile one of the first climate change "positive feedbacks" has begun...

@ThisWeekABC @MeetThePress @FaceTheNation @CNNSotu The Arctic is on fire. Over 100 peat blazes since June 1st, releasing smoke-plumes visible from space. Last month alone Arctic fires emitted 50 megatons of CO2, “equal to Sweden’s total annual emissions.”…

@ThisWeekABC @MeetThePress @FaceTheNation @CNNSotu So hot and dry now, Greenland, Siberia, and Alaska are burning like California, releasing carbon into our atmosphere and increasing the amount of heat that will be trapped in our planetary system, drying out forests and peat even further, and so on.

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Start of summer thoughts. In 2019:
🔥 Who will burn?
🌊 Who will drown?
🌡️ Who will bake?
🐝 Who will go extinct?
📺 Will the media connect the dots to the climate crisis?
🙋‍♀️ Will people be spurred into action?
📉 Will it be enough to matter? Will emissions stop increasing?
🌡️ Who is already baking:
🇯🇵 Japan…

🇮🇳 India…

Neither of these articles mentions climate change. #EndClimateSilence
Without the media connecting the dots from the impacts to the cause (man-made climate breakdown) to the actions necessary to prevent things from getting much, much worse (ramping emissions down to zero within the next 2 decades), we have no hope for positive change.
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Oh hi Sunday News Shows! Enough surreal and insane business as usual.

It's time for you to start talking about the #ClimateEmergency and the #SixthExtinction.

We are in danger.

No more excuses.

@ThisWeekABC We'll start with you.



.@jonkarl You asked @SenBooker about his gun policy & Medicare for All. Why didn't you ask him where his climate policy is?

Don't you know that we have 12 years to halve and 30 years to end CO2 pollution in order to have merely a > 66% chance to halt warming at 2C?

Don't you know that a billion people will lose their marine sources of food even at 2C? (…)

Don't you have a professional & moral responsibility to be informed about both the greatest threat we've ever faced and the fact that we are out of time?

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We are thrilled to see this @CJR piece recommending that #climatechange be part of every journalist's beat!

This is what we've been calling for since our founding in September.

Hear hear! Climate change is not a story just for the environment or the science section.

Yes! @ClimateComms here advances precisely our solution: journalists at every desk should mention climate change in the stories they're already reporting about its effects.

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We at are calling for reporters and anchors to mention climate change in the stories they are reporting about its effects.

We also ask reporters and producers not to suppress their efforts!

Here's the background: in conversation with a reporter on a national beat at a major newspaper, we learned that this writer once tried to mention climate change in a story but was told by their editor that doing so would be "political."

The reporter was ordered to take their mention of climate change out.

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We at want reporters to mention climate change in the stories they're already reporting about their effects.

But how can these reporters be confident in linking their stories to climate?

This thread offers some tools....

Your first resource is the 4th National Climate Assessment, specifically the "Report Chapters" on particular US "Regions."

Wondering if the latest science has established a link between climate change and an extreme event? Start there.

The next step is to check out the "Extreme Weather Toolkits" on this @ClimateCentral page.

These can help you formulate your language for talking about the links between extreme weather and climate.

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As Director of @EndClimateSilence, I thank you for amplifying our tweet thread.

Glad to see we're making you nervous.

But I must also say that you, blatantly lying, misrepresent both our position and the science in your attempted rebuttal.

Let's begin, shall we?

First of all, we've never called for anyone to "blame global warming" for any extreme weather event. That's a lie.

We call for reporters to mention climate change in their stories about extreme weather.

Climate change is part of the context for those stories.

Despite your claims, science *has* identified more extreme precipitation events & flooding as an effect of AGW in the Northern Great Planes of the US.

Here are 4 examples from what you call "US Climate Assessment" [sic], in the section about the N Great Planes themselves.

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This is one of the most shocking cases of #climatesilence we've ever seen.

@adeelnyt writes an entire article in the @nytimes about the context of the #NebraskaFloods and fails to mention climate change even once.…

Newsflash! The midwestern floods from the bomb cyclone ARE linked to climate change.

@gaarder in her @OWHnews article made those links clear, quoting both James Hansen and @MichaelEMann. She is a model to reporters everywhere.…

Hassan wasn't the only @nytimes reporter who failed to mention climate change.

@mihirzaveri wrote an entire piece veritably humming with #climatesilence.…

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How broadcast TV networks covered climate change in 2018. TLDR version: really shittily, like hardly at all. New analysis from the @mmfa climate team. #EndClimateSilence #CoverClimate
We found a 45% DROP in climate change coverage on broadcast networks’ nightly news and Sunday morning political shows from 2017 to 2018 -- from a total of 260 minutes in 2017 down to just 142 minutes in 2018.
Remember that 2018 brought us crazy extreme weather around the world (wildfires above the Arctic Circle! firenado!), an IPCC special report, a new National Climate Assessment, and a whole lot of other compelling reasons to cover climate change.
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After chatting about climate w putatively progressive parents at 3 different kids' birthday parties this weekend 😐, I will report anecdotally that even folks who think they accept the science sometimes don't want to take action on climate change.

Why not?

2 reasons:

First, it seems to me, they have no faith that collective action--people rising up en masse and using techniques like civil disobedience, general strikes, public critique, "consumer voting," etc--will do anything to influence government policy.

They seem completely convinced that the political process is so corrupted by money--and that "power" in general is so unimpeachable (thank you, Foucault)--that Democracy is essentially a sham that allows the rich to run the world as they wish.

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The Trump gang is trying to bury this big national climate report by releasing it mid-afternoon on black Friday.

If you'd prefer to not let them get away with that crap, please retweet.

#ClimateFriday #EndClimateSilence

I'll thread good coverage below.
Here's the Guardian's coverage: "Heating the planet well beyond [2ºC] would create a 'totally different world... It would be indescribable, it would turn the world upside down in terms of its climate.'"

While not directly about the report, this piece is essential context

"In the past 30 years we’ve seen all 20 of the hottest years ever recorded... 'I’ve never been at a climate conference where people say "that happened slower than I thought it would."'"

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I cannot stop thinking about @PeterBrannen1's gorgeous & harrowing article on the Carnian Pluvial Episode.

That climate change produces rainfall powerful enough to wipe away the topography of all the Earth's landmass is shocking even for me.

2. That climate change this powerful was triggered by warming roughly equivalent to what's projected for our current pollution emissions trajectory is ... almost too much to bear.
3. Right around now many of my friends are making their winter holiday plans, buying tickets to fly all sorts of lovely places around the world. All of these people claim to understand the reality of climate change.
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Can we talk about the global "we"?

"We" is a big word in climate discourse. Just today I've seen a number of responses to #SR15 that use it, as in "we're fucking this up."

I'm here to say that this "we" is a fictional construct: ideological, obfuscatory, and dangerous.

Who is this "we"? Does it include the nearly one billion people who live on less than 2 dollars a day?…

Does it include the +/- 5.5 billion people who live on between 2-10 dollars a day?…

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Yesterday, at an interesting #ClimateWeekNYC panel on fighting denial (organized by @ColumbiaClimate, @Sallan_Found, @earthinstitute, & @ClimSciDefense) @jeffnesbit made some excellent points I want to circulate.

First point: Nesbit reported that his research shows that trying to inoculate teenagers against tobacco advertising by telling them that smoking will make them die before their time doesn't work. But....

Telling teenagers that they're being targeted and manipulated by tobacco companies who are shamelessly trying to addict them actually *does* make them much less likely to take up smoking.

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I really wanted to like @NathanielRich's @NYTmag piece about 70's & 80's climate politics. It does put AGW front-and-center for once. But I'm crushed to say that Rich suppresses important facts, covering up how organized climate denial created our current predicament.

For just one example: let's look at how Rich narrates the role of the scientist William Nierenberg in writing and disseminating “Changing Climate,” the @theNASciences report released in 1983.

This is how Rich credentials Nierenberg (N)👇🏽. He doesn't report that N was a physicist, not a climate scientist. Nor does he say that N worked on the Manhattan Project. He hides the parts that undermine N's expertise on climate & that suggest N used science politically.

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