The Denial of Climate Change

The current situation

Traditionally Europe is not as vulnerable to climate change denial as the United States, but the broad field of different players is complex in Europe as well. The active populists, organizations or think-tanks are a minority compared to the most scientists and organizations agreeing on man-made climate change, but with non peer-reviewed studies, conferences or using mass media they are able to confuse parts of the public (CORPORATE EUROPE OBSERVATORY, 2010). Climate change denial is defined as “organized attempts to downplay, deny or dismiss the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming, its significance, and its connection to human behavior, especially for commercial or ideological reasons” (DUNLAP, RILEY and MCRIGHT, 2011)


Case Studies

A lack of transparency

Players in Europe

Further Expansion


Greenpeace (2010). Koch Industries Secretly Funding the Climate Change Denial Machine. Washington. Greenpeace USA.

Corporate Europe Observatory. (2010). Concealing their sources — who funds Europe’s climate change deniers? Brussels. Corporate Europe Observatory.

Aisch, Pearce and Rousseau. (2016). How far is Europe shifting to the right? New York. The New York Times.

Meyer. (2010). Die Wissenschaft als Feind. Hamburg. Der Spiegel.

WWF. (2010). Lobbyarbeit mit dem Scheckbuch. Berlin. WWF.

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