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Climate Obstruction

PRESS RELEASE – New network of researchers exposes tactics that delay effective climate policy

Netherlands, July 2 – Today marks the launch of the research network Climate Obstruction NL. Climate obstruction refers to the obstacles hindering effective climate policy and action. Examples include spreading disinformation, greenwashing, delaying policies, and influencing public debate and politics. Climate obstruction is one of the reasons why the affluent Netherlands lags in implementing effective climate policy. It is also… Read More »PRESS RELEASE – New network of researchers exposes tactics that delay effective climate policy

Public outreach about tobacco & fossil fuel industry disinformation

Saturday we were at Leiden Knowledge Festival for our project with Universiteit Leiden and Reclame Fossielvrij. Visitors could do our quiz on tobacco, fossil fuels, & health, and peruse tobacco and fossil fuel ads next to subvertised versions by Fossielvrij NL [1] and Michelle Tylicki (Insta: @shelkadelic, [2]). Many found it incredible what tobacco companies got away with – for… Read More »Public outreach about tobacco & fossil fuel industry disinformation

Webinar on Greenwashing: How the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action

Aaron gave a webinar to the Bromsgrove Justice and Peace Group of the Archdiocese of Birmingham on greenwashing and how the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action. What is greenwashing? How can we spot it and how can we call it out? Aaron talked about the ways in which fossil fuel companies have misled the general public in the past… Read More »Webinar on Greenwashing: How the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action

Guest lecture at UvA about fossil advertising

What is corporate social responsibility and what is greenwashing? On Friday 3 March we were invited to present our research and talk about fossil fuel advertising with Masters students Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam, as part of the course ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Communication’. When is advertising CSR honest and when is it not? We looked at recent… Read More »Guest lecture at UvA about fossil advertising

Patriotic and pragmatic: how oil companies want to be seen in an uncertain Europe

Together with Reclame Fossielvrij (Fossil Free Advertising), we published an analysis of the narratives used by oil companies since the invasion of Ukraine – in their public ánd lobby communications. Our recent study together with master students Sustainable Development from Utrecht University found that, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, European oil and gas companies exploit narratives around “energy… Read More »Patriotic and pragmatic: how oil companies want to be seen in an uncertain Europe

Public communications of oil and gas supermajors since the invasion of Ukraine in 2022

We supervised a study by six masters students from Universiteit Utrecht, looking at how public communication from the “Big Five” oil and gas supermajors changed following the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. We analysed the data the students collected statistically to see if and how communication has changed since the invasion. InfluenceMap provided data from 2021, and assistance in applying… Read More »Public communications of oil and gas supermajors since the invasion of Ukraine in 2022