About Us

Who We Are

DeSmog UK was launched in September 2014 as an investigative media outlet dedicated to cutting through the spin clouding the debate on energy and environment in Britain. Since then, our team of journalists and researchers has become a go-to source for accurate, fact-based information regarding misinformation campaigns on climate science in the UK.

Our research, articles and investigations are routinely highlighted in local and international news outlets including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, Channel 4 Dispatches, Grist, EcoWatch and Daily Kos, to name a few.

Dedicated to in-depth, fact-based reporting, DeSmog UK aims to investigate and analyse the undue influence of climate science denial and the fossil fuel industry on UK energy and climate policy. Through our news, opinion, and analysis we seek to raise the level of public discourse.

DeSmog UK abides by the guidelines outlined in the IMPRESS standards code, as well as the NUJ Code of Conduct. Please find details below on how to make a complaint.

Where We're Coming From

Ninety-seven per cent of peer-reviewed climate studies agree with the scientific consensus that manmade global warming is real and that the burning of fossil fuels is a significant factor. 

As the stakes rise, conversations in Britain about energy and the environment have become increasingly dysfunctional. Vigorous debates have been replaced by public relations battles and smear campaigns that don't benefit anyone. DeSmog UK's goal is to help restore healthy public conversation on energy and environment.

Meet the DeSmog UK Team

MAT HOPE | @matjhope 

Mat Hope is Editor of DeSmog UK.

Mat began working with DeSmog UK as Deputy Editor in October 2016, shortly after the UK voted to leave the EU, and helped to expand our coverage of the country’s ever-changing political scene.

Mat previously worked as an Associate Editor for Nature Climate Change, and writer for Carbon Brief. He became DeSmog UK's third Editor in October 2017. He has experience covering all facets of the UK’s energy and climate change debate, from fact-checking denier positions to reporting on the government’s role in international negotiations.

Born in Cambridge, UK, Mat studied at the University of Bristol. In 2012, he completed his PhD on political communication strategies in US Congressional climate change debates, which won the Hilary Hartley prize as the best thesis in his department’s graduating class.

Mat is a member of the National Union of Journalists. If you wish to contact Mat securely, please use this PGP key: 1F1C8D97239425E3

MIKE SMALL | @mikesmall2018

MIke is Deputy Editor and Director of Programmes of DeSmog UK.

Mike previously worked as Editor of Bella Caledonia and Product magazines and has written for the Guardian, Variant, Open Democracy and the Sunday Herald.  

Born in Aberdeen, Mike went on to study at Birkbeck College University of London and at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont USA under Murray Bookchin. He is the author of 'Scotland's Local Food Revolution' (Argyll Publishing, 2013). He contributed to 'A Vigorous Institution: The Living Legacy of Patrick Geddes', Luath Press (2007),  'Systemic Complexity and Eco-Sustainable Development' (Eds Ivano Spano and Dario Padovan, 2001), and 'Despatches from the Invisible Revolution' (Eds Dougald Hine & Keith Kahn- Harris, 2011).

CHLOÉ FARAND | @chloefarand

Chloé Farand is a Reporter for DeSmog UK.

She began working with DeSmog UK as a freelancer in November 2016 during COP22 in Marrakesh and joined the team as a staff writer in January 2018.

Chloé is interested in covering the activities of UK oil and gas companies abroad, the AIM junior stock market and the use of public money in financing fossil fuel projects. She also has experience covering the UN climate talks and international negotiations.

After honing her journalistic skills in local press in east London, Chloé went freelance in January 2017.  She has since been published numerous times in The Independent, the i newspaper, the New Statesman and Bella Caledonia.

Of dual nationality, French and British, Chloé was born in Paris and studied at the University of York in England before completing a post-graduate journalism course at Cardiff University in June 2015.

Chloé is a member of the National Union of Journalists. If you wish to contact Chloé securely, please use this PGP key:  C9BBA514E500DF99 

JILL RUSSO | @jillrusso

Jill is the Communities Editor for DeSmog UK. She started working with DeSmog after finishing an MSc in media and communications at the London School of Economics.

During her postgraduate study, Jill worked with the Migration and the Media research project, the Polis media think tank, and wrote a dissertation on the language of online news headlines.

Before moving to London, Jill taught English and media literacy at a university in Lyon, France and worked in television and film production and publishing in New York City and Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Tufts University and is originally from the Boston area. 


Brendan DeMelle is Executive Director and Managing Editor of DeSmogBlog.com. He is also a freelance writer and researcher specialising in new media, politics, climate change and clean energy.

Brendan has served as a research associate for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a researcher for Ring of Fire Radio, a researcher for Laurie David and StopGlobalWarming.org, a law and policy analyst for Environmental Working Group, a campus organiser for Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, and an environmental justice associate for EPA Region 10. 

DeMelle has provided writing and communications services on a wide range of topics, with demonstrable ability to simplify complex and technical issues into concise, accessible language for general public consumption. 

His work has appeared in Vanity FairThe Huffington PostGristThe Washington Times and other outlets, including a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Rural History about the social and ecological impacts of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project.  He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in Sociology and Environmental Studies in 1998, and lives in Seattle, Washington.

DeSmog UK was launched in September 2014 by its founding editor Brendan Montague. It joins DeSmogBlog in the United States and DeSmog Canada in uncovering the undue influence of climate science denial and the fossil fuel industry on energy and climate policy. 


DeSmog UK encourages intelligent, informed and robust debate. Commenters are encouraged to include links to supporting information as this helps enrich the conversation, especially when discussing climate change science. Users who make demonstrably false claims about the science may on occasion have their posts deleted. We believe this will assist readers in accessing more reliable information. DeSmog UK does not censor comments based on political or ideological points of view. We may delete comments that are abusive, off-topic or use offensive language.


We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control.  We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

 We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

  • personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
  • a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint
  • a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to DeSmog UK in writing at the following address: 

e-mail: [email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0) 2035 751 248                                     


DeSmog UK
PO Box 71644
E17 0SN

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