Emerging disinformation trends and patterns at COP27

The second edition of COP, LOOK, Listen – the newsletter covering climate disinformation trends and attacks at the COP27 climate summit – is available to access here.

This edition takes a look some two groups of disinformers and how their tactics and messages have become indistinguishable, the narratives employed by fossil fuel lobbyists, the movements of petrochemical states and the multiple tactics used to undermine the scientific consensus.

We welcome requests from journalists, civil society and policymakers to provide evidence where relevant. If you have a lead regarding climate mis-/disinformation, malign influence operations or other suspicious activity, please email contact@caad.info. All requests will be reviewed from both an ethical and technical perspective, ensuring data is used responsibly to map and counter these threats.

Much of the intel in this bulletin was powered by Beam – an award-winning system developed by CASM Technology and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to track and confront information threats online. The bespoke climate dashboards used by made available to CAAD collate, enrich, and visualise data from around 3000 actors across climate denial, political, media, industry, influencer and conspiracy ecosystems online, as well as over 250 media outlets worldwide. The system also analyses millions of posts across 4Chan, Facebook, Instagram, MediaCloud, Reddit, Telegram, Twitter and YouTube to capture content broadly related to COP27, as well as discussions around specific policy areas such as Loss and Damage. Complementary tools from Dewey Square Group, CARDS, Graphika and the University of Exeter have provided invaluable analysis in tandem.

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