"Why Is Climate Denial Still Thriving Online?"

"An extreme global heat wave has been blamed on climate change, yet online misinformation has evolved to counter the facts — despite platforms like TikTok banning climate denial."

"Record global temperatures on July 3 kicked off the hottest week ever recorded as intense heat waves gripped the planet. Climate scientist Friederike Otto, of London's Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, called the heat "a death sentence for people and ecosystems."

Yet, the next day, a political journalist in the United Kingdom, Isabel Oakeshott, tweeted that "climate change headbangers panicking about a few hot days last month can calm down … It's 13 degrees and pouring." She added that she was "about to light the woodburner." Within a day, over 2.2 million people had seen the tweet.

Oakeshott, a presenter on the conservative TalkTV news channel and former editor of the Sunday Times, often comments on Twitter about "climate change nuts." On July 5, she asked: "Where's Greta when it's woolly jumpers in July?""

Stuart Braun reports for DW July 11, 2023.

Source: DW, 07/12/2023