These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate State of the Planet Left-Center biased based on advocacy for environmental justice. 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
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in July 2020, the Columbia Climate School is an interdisciplinary research institute at Columbia University. The school is led by founding dean Alexander Halliday and co-founding deans Jason Bordoff, Ruth DeFries, and Maureen Raymo. Since 2021, the Climate School has been the official university partner of The Climate Group for Climate Week NYC annually. State of the Planet is the website that provides news from the Columbia Climate School.
Funded by / Ownership
Columbia University is a non-profit organization that receives funding from a variety of sources, including private donations.
Analysis / Bias
Columbia Climate School’s website, State of the Planet, offers comprehensive information on climate change and its impacts. For example, it features Columbia Law School’s Climate Reregulation Tracker, which documents the Biden-Harris administration’s restoration of federal climate policies after previous rollbacks. The school also publishes a variety of reports and articles on climate change. In an article titled “How to Defeat the Climate Change Complexity Monster,” several scientific studies support the perspective that climate change poses a significant threat.
Another article contains emotionally loaded language titled “While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration.” Notably, this article uses emotionally charged language, mainly to critique Trump’s policies. The article also critiques President Obama but uses a more critical tone for Trump’s policies. The sources mentioned in the articles above include The University of Bergen (UiB) and the scientific journal Nature, BBC, New York Times, Brookings Institution’s deregulation tracker, and Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law program’s Regulatory Rollback Tracker as well as Columbia Law School’s Climate Reregulation Tracker. Finally, the State of the Planet usually reports favorably on the Biden administration, such as this Joe Biden’s Inspiring and Strategic Climate and Economic Leadership.
The Columbia Climate School’s website is updated regularly with new information, and its faculty are experts in their respective fields. However, despite its commitment to academic rigor in research and educational programs, it exhibits a moderate left-leaning editorial bias through advocacy for fighting climate change and environmental justice.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. They are used as a resource for fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate State of the Planet Left-Center biased based on advocacy for environmental justice. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 05/15/2023)
Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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