Workshop: How Professional Communicators Decode Climate Misinformation

Event Date: 
February 19, 2021

Please join Climate Central for a one-hour workshop, Managing Climate Misinformation. Registration required.

When: Feb 19, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The climate field is riddled with misinformation, from science denialism and greenwashing to flawed perceptions of the costs of climate action. Join Climate Central in a conversation with academic experts and journalists for advice on recognizing, decoding, avoiding and covering climate misinformation. Includes live Q&A.


Part 1:  The science of misinformation (Sean Sublette, Climate Central)

  • John Cook is a cognitive scientist at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. He founded Skeptical Science, which explains and rebuts misinformation about climate science, and developed the Cranky Uncle game, an app that uses cartoons and critical thinking to fight misinformation. [To play prior to the workshop, enter CLIMATECENTRAL as the group code.]
  • Kim Klockow-McClain, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Team Lead, NOAA Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies/National Severe Storms Lab Behavioral Insights Unit. Her behavioral research focuses on weather and climate risk communication.
  • Gernot Wagner, climate economist at NYU and author of Bloomberg’s Risky Climate column; But Will the Planet Notice; and Stadt, Land, Klima (“City, Country, Climate”); co-author of Climate Shock.

Part 2: Climate reporting in a world of misinformation (John Upton, Climate Central)

  • Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg Green reporter based in London writing globally on energy and climate change.
  • Kat Snow, Senior Editor at KQED, an NPR station in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Elisa Raffa, Broadcast Meteorologist on Fox 46 News WJZY, Charlotte, NC.

*You may submit questions via Q&A at any time during the workshop, or email your questions directly to Peter Girard at



Registered attendees will receive a recording of this workshop plus a summary of points covered, sourcing suggestions, and links to reporting resources.



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