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Climate denier scandal: who's been taking them seriously?

Which UK media have published under-fire climate deniers Matt Ridley and the Global Warming Policy Foundation in recent months?

Adam Ramsay
Adam Ramsay
9 December 2015

Climate deniers got a bit of a kicking yesterday. Undercover investigators from Greenpeace revealed that two of the most prominent academic supporters of climate change scepticism are willing to sell themselves to fossil fuel companies.

While the sting was in the US, it spilled over into the UK, with the British think-tank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) and its adviser Matt Ridley both bound up in the investigation. In particular, both appear to have claimed that research has gone through the academic peer review process when, in reality, it hasn't.

So, which UK media outlets have been taking these guys seriously in recent months? Our partners at the Centre for Media, Communication and Power at King's had a look, and this is what they found: 

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Data from the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power

[Note: We took out the Guardian, because their two articles on the organisation were both critical of it, and we've asked the Times and Spectator for comment – so far no reply].

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