These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.
- Overall, we rate Carbon Brief left-Center Biased and Pro-Science based on adherence to science consensus with climate change. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom (33/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2010, Carbon Brief describes itself as a “UK-based website” that publishes articles on the latest developments about climate science and climate policy. According to their About Page Carbon Brief, specializes in “clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response.”
Carbon Brief’s Editor and Director is journalist Leo Hickman. All staff can be found on their about page.
Funded by / Ownership
Carbon Brief states that European Climate Foundation provides their funding. They report on their about page funding totaled £597,888 for the financial year of 2019.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Carbon Brief publishes articles related to climate change, including fact-checking articles in which headlines are generally low biased “Factcheck: Did climate change contribute to India’s catastrophic ‘glacial flood’?” Information is usually properly sourced to credible media outlets such as BBC, Reuters, AP, CNN, New York Times, IPCC, and always factual.
Carbon Brief leans left politically in their concern for climate change, as evidenced by this article “US election: Climate experts react to Joe Biden’s victory.” A quote from the article concerning the general reaction of scientists is positive as the former president had a climate skeptic view and acted accordingly, the quote reads “I find myself filled with relief and hope after what has been a nightmarish four years of the Trump administration reversing or halting numerous federal climate policies, sidelining and silencing scientists and trying to tamper with scientific reports.” In general, they are pro-science in their publications and approach and hold a left-leaning political bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date. Carbon Brief is a resource for IFCN fact-checker Climate Feedback.
Overall, we rate Carbon Brief left-Center Biased and Pro-Science based on adherence to science consensus with climate change. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/8/2021)