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Past articles by Mat:

How Big Pesticide Companies Are Lobbying to Become Climate Leaders

Pesticide producers have a long history of lobbying against environmental regulations. Now, they're using power and influence to manipulate legitimate climate strategies for their own ends. → Read More

Introducing DeSmog’s Agribusiness Database

This article was published as part of the launch of DeSmog’s Agribusiness Database , where you can find a record of companies and organisations’ messaging on climate change, lobbying around climate action, and histories of climate science denial. → Read More

How the Rise of Populism is Fuelling Climate Science Denial Across Europe

By Mat Hope, DeSmog, and Eduardo Robaina, La Marea/Climática. Lee en español en Climática. → Read More

Video — Are We Witnessing a New Era of Climate Activism?

Extinction Rebellion and the global school strikes led by Greta Thunberg have ensured climate activism hit the headlines throughout 2019. But is any of this really new? Or is it just the same old people with fancy new logos? → Read More

Boris Johnson — Where Does the UK's Next Prime Minister Stand on Climate Change?

Boris Johnson will be the UK’s next Prime Minister. While most of the chatter has been around what that means for Brexit, rather less attention has been paid to what it means for that other great global challenge — climate change. → Read More

From London to Madrid: How Former Prime Minister José María Aznar Promoted Nigel Lawson’s Climate Science Denial in Spain

How did Nigel Lawson become big in Spain? With a little help from his powerful friends, of course. Spain’s former Prime Minister José María Aznar has actively promoted the work of climate science deniers including former UK chancellor Lawson through a thinktank based just behind Madrid’s Ritz hotel, an investigation by La Marea’s Climatica, DeSmog’s Spanish-language partner, reveals. → Read More

Mapped: A Who's Who of Brexit and Climate Science Denial

A network of lobbyists, politicians and campaign groups is pushing the UK towards a hard-Brexit, with the aim of axing environmental protection in the name of free-market ideology. → Read More

EU Elections 2019: These Climate Science Deniers are now Members of the European Parliament

The Brexit Party has swept to victory in the UK’s European Parliament elections, meaning a new large group of climate science deniers will soon be walking the corridors of Brussels and Strasbourg. → Read More

Secretive Fossil Fuel Lobby Group Manipulated UN Climate Programs

Documents reveal how an industry group influenced the process behind U.N. climate assessments for decades. → Read More

Polly Higgins — Meet the Lawyer Taking on Big Oil’s ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

Polly Higgins is a woman on the hunt. And you get the sense that, after decades of working towards holding powerful polluters to account, her prey may finally be in sight. → Read More

Revealed: How the Tobacco and Fossil Fuel Industries Fund Disinformation Campaigns Around the World

Fossil fuel companies have a long history of adopting public relations strategies straight from the tobacco industry's playbook. But a new analysis shows the two industries’ relationship goes much deeper — right down to funding the same organisations to do their dirty work. → Read More

Poll: Most Brits Think Climate Change is a Major Threat, UKIP Supporters Less So

Correction 11 February 2019: This article was amended to correct the statistics on populist parties and political polarisation. The headline was also amended. → Read More

Corporations Given a Platform to Promote Greenwash 31 Times at the UN Climate Talks

The annual UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland, are drawing to a close. But over the conference’s two weeks, major polluters have been given the platform to promote a climate-friendly image at more than 30 events, new analysis by NGO Climate Tracker reveals. → Read More

Sport, Fashion, and Tourism: Corporate Greenwash’s New Frontiers at the UN Climate Talks

What do Adidas, Hilton hotels, and the World Surfing League all have in common? → Read More

US Donors Gave $177k to UK Climate Science Denying Global Warming Policy Foundation

The UK’s premier climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), received hundreds of thousands of dollars of US donations in 2017, recently published tax returns show. → Read More

Fracking Company Cuadrilla Breached Environmental Regulations Seven Times in 10 Months

Shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has breached environmental permits multiple times and failed to disclose full details of technical issues at its Lancashire site, a DeSmog UK investigation has found. → Read More

Fossil Fuel Companies Knew How Hard Keeping to IPCC's 'Unprecedented' 1.5C Limit Would Be — And Did Nothing

The scientists are clear: “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are needed if the humans are going to prevent the world warming by more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. → Read More

'If We Can Succeed Then So Can You': Campaigners Celebrate Rejection of Major Coal Mine Extension at Nant Llesg

A major new coal development in Wales has been rejected, once and for all, by the UK’s Planning Inspectorate. → Read More

Charitable Donor Pulls Funding for Climate Science Denying Global Warming Policy Foundation

Climate science denial campaign group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has apparently been left with a hole in its finances after a major donor did not renew its funding. → Read More

10 Really Awesome Reasons to Support

High quality investigative journalism is scarce, climate change is largely under-reported, and the mainstream media has largely abandoned efforts to do either. → Read More