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Comment: Children Are Making the Media's Climate Science Deniers Look Desperately Out of Touch

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The demographics of climate breakdown are stark. Not just the obvious north-south divide where those in parts of the world already facing the daily reality of climate crisis aren’t afforded the bougie luxury of  “scepticism”, but the awful process of an inter-generational legacy handed down by a society unwilling to face the truth.

Comment: Climate Science Deniers Throw Stones at Climate Chief from Their Greenhouse

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Lord Deben John Gummer

A row has broken out over the apparent lack of disclosure of a conflict of interest by Tory politician John Gummer, also known as Lord Deben, who heads government scientific advisory body, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The Mail on Sunday fulminates: “Tory peer John Selwyn Gummer's private company has been paid more than £600,000 from 'green' businesses that stand to make millions from his advice to Ministers.” It then lists a number of alleged payments received by Gummer’s consultancy, Sancroft, by green-tinged companies. This is a huge conflict of interest, the article roars.

The issue will no doubt be investigated – and it's not up to anyone other than Gummer (who denies the allegations) to defend himself – but what’s behind this story is a climate science denial media network in action, and that’s the bigger story not being told.

Climate Heroes and Villains of 2018

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The earnest, cherubic face of Greta Thunberg preaching common sense to the UN climate talks in Katowice was a memorable sight. The 15 year-old Swede put world leaders to shame telling them: “You are not mature enough to tell it like is.” She accused negotiators of leaving the “burden” of addressing climate change to “us children.”

I don't care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet”, she told the room full of politicians.

But who else has made their mark in 2018?

Controversial Australian Climate Science Denier Cardinal George Pell Removed from Vatican Advisory Group

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George Pell

Australian Cardinal George Pell has been removed from his role as one of the Vatican's key advisors as Pope Francis moves to distance himself from the controversial figure.

Pell last year took an indefinite leave of absence from his job as the Vatican’s economy minister to defend himself from prosecution for historical child sexual offences.

Analysis — The Climate Change Act 10 Years On: A Decade of Denialism in Retreat

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The UK's landmark Climate Change Act passed into law 10 years ago with near-unanimous support, setting a legally-binding target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. It was the the first of its kind in the world, and many others would soon follow suit.

But not everyone was celebrating the anniversary.

Revealed: US Oil Billionaire Charles Koch Funds UK Anti-Environment Spiked Network

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Charles Koch and Spiked

For years, people have speculated about who is behind a shadowy group of well-connected ‘free speech advocates’ spreading far-right ideologies and climate science denial.

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