Dozens of Ad & PR Industry Directors Have Ties to Heavily Polluting Industries

Half of the board members at the world’s six largest advertising and public relations companies have ties to polluting industries, DeSmog can reveal.  Of the 64 total board members at Omnicom Group, WPP, Interpublic Group (IPG), Publicis Groupe, Dentsu and Havas, 32 have significant experience in carbon-heavy sectors such as fossil fuels, fossil fuel financing, […]

Polluters Are Melting the Winter Sports They Sponsor

Would a chicken run be sponsored by foxes, or a mouse party by cats? Not only would that be extremely provocative, it would join actors whose survival interests are in fundamental conflict. So, why is sponsorship from major climate polluters pouring into winter sports like an oil slick, just as snow sports’ very existence is […]

Chicago Takes Big Oil to Court, Adding Another Heavyweight to the Fight

Chicago last week brought the newest lawsuit against Big Oil companies for spreading disinformation about the climate-warming hazards of burning fossil fuels — adding the third largest city in the U.S. to the growing list of state and local governments pushing for oil and gas majors to be held accountable in court. The case charges […]

Exclusive: Havas Eyes New Shell Global PR Contract, Further Undercutting the Agency’s Climate-friendly Claims

Paris-based communications giant Havas is putting itself forward for another major contract with one of the world’s biggest oil companies — despite CEO Yannick Bolloré’s years of positioning the company as committed to climate action. Insider sources tell DeSmog that several Havas agencies are in the running for Shell’s global public relations account, including London-based […]

Give Climate Change the Name It Deserves: Fossil-Fueled Destruction

This article by Capital & Main is published here as part of the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now. There’s always a lag between a rupture of the status quo and settling on a word for it. The planet is heating at a life-threatening pace. And yet the two words we use to describe this rupture […]