The Oxford Climate Journalism Network

February 27th 2024
The Oxford Climate Journalism Network "supports a global community of reporters and editors across beats and platforms to improve the quality, understanding and impact of climate coverage around the world." It is run by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and supported by grants from green billionaire funds like the European Climate Foundation and the Laudes Foundation. As the Daily Sceptic's Chris Morrison puts it, the aim of the OCJN is to "insert constant fearmongering messages into media stories, as global elites press ahead with a collectivist Net Zero political agenda."

For example, he cites a recently published essay by two OCJN organizers, who provide 14 ideas on how to rethink and push forward climate journalism and to “move beyond their siloed past” into a strategic position within newsrooms “combining expertise with collaboration”. A focus of the OCJN is the new science of weather attribution, led by Dr Friederike Otto and the World Weather Attribution team. Instead of waiting months or years after a hurricane or drought to link the event to climate change, the WWA team can do so in days. The WWA has published a guide for journalists on reporting extreme weather and climate change. Weather attribution uses a three-step process (p.8) — simulate the modern warmed climate thousands of times and count the number of times an extreme event occurs; simulate the climate without any human-generated greenhouse gases and aerosols, again counting the number of occurrences of the event; compare the two numbers of occurrences and calculate the probability that human-caused climate change made the event more likely.

Mr. Morrison points out that the OCJN is not the “only billionaire foundation-funded operation trying to spread climate alarm and hysteria throughout the general population.” Others are Climate Central (“Helping journalists bring climate science into reporting”) and Covering Climate Now, an off shoot of the Columbia Journalism Review. CCNow is partnered with Reuters, which is connected to the OCJN through the Reuters Institute.

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