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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #6

Posted on 8 February 2020 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 2, 2020 through Sat, Feb 8, 2020

Editor's Pick

New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses

"Even in the face of the clearest scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is literally setting the planet on fire, this sector continues to invest in the same old model and often misinforms society about the climate crisis and its causes."

Oil Polluion in Nigeria

Claimant Eric Dooh shows the crude oil that has damaged the banks of the creek through his village of Goi (Ogoniland). Multiple leaks in a Shell pipeline have heavily contaminated the creek over many miles, eliminating fish, and other life from the tidal area. (Photo: Milieudefensie)

In addition to having a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities around the globe which have contributed the least to climate-warming fossil fuel emissions, the climate crisis has exacerbated the human rights violations already perpetrated by the fossil fuel industry, according to a new report.

The grassroots climate action group examined ten global communities which have suffered from heavy pollution, deforestation, displacement, and other violations as multinational corporations like Chevron and Shell—in addition to smaller fossil fuel entities and corrupt governments—have placed profits over human rights.

"The pollution and contamination often caused by fossil fuel industry activities mainly affect the poorest populations, as well as the climate crisis," said Aaron Packard, manager of the Climate Defenders program at, in a statement. "Vulnerable communities are being doubly exposed to losses or scarcity of land, fish stocks and water, for example."

New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, Feb 7, 2020 

Articles Linked to on Facebook

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  1. I hope this is on topic. The news roundup seems to refer to (amoung other topics) the fossil fuel industry. Otherwise, please point me to an approriate thread.

    I would like to share this link to an article (in German) on undercover journalism. They talked to EIKE, a German outfit and in particular the Heartland Institute. The journalists claimed to be representatives of a German car copmany, wanting to donate € 500 000 anomously to influence public opinion. James Taylor, head of HI, explained in detail, how this would work, how you could buy statements and complete studies from experts and scientists, push buzz words on youtube, etc. He also pointed out that it would be much better to donate the money to them rather than EIKE. Even though EIKE and HI cooperate a lot. Not above stiffing their partner!

    Link Correctiv

    I might have suspected such obnoxious behavior. But knowing it, is something different.

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    [JH] Thank you for your post. The comment threads of both the Weekly News Roundup and of the Weekly digest effectively function as open threads. 

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