Climate change and disinformation: state of the art and how to tackle it

May 16, 2023 12 pm CEST

Climate change and disinformation: state of the art and how to tackle it

Paula Gori, Secretary-General of the European Digital Media Observatory

Tommaso Canetta, Deputy-Director of Pagella Politica and coordinator for fact-checking
at the European Digital Media Observatory

Moderated by: Alessandra Mazzai, CMCC

The recent years confirmed that disinformation is not only a matter of political elections. The Covid-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and climate change are targeted by disinformation and have a global impact. The last IPCC report refers to the impact that disinformation on climate change can have on climate action and international and European organisations are calling to address this issue. Any response needs to respect fundamental rights.

This dialogue will be an opportunity to learn about the work the European Digital Media Observatory (EDMO) is doing. After introducing detected and verified climate change disinformation narratives it will focus on how disinformation content is produced. This will be followed by a short overview of the EU policy to tackle disinformation and by some considerations on effective communication.

The event is organised as a joint initiative between Foresight Dialogues and the AGORA project.

Foresight Dialogues” is the CMCC online events series in which writers, artists, journalists, scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs discuss the role of communication, in its various forms, in accelerating the climate transition. The Foresight Dialogues series is organised in the context of the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra” initiative.

AGORA is an HORIZON project started in January 2023, coordinated by CMCC. It supports the overall objectives of the Mission on Adaptation to Climate Change by promoting societal transformational processes in different social, economic and political contexts through transdisciplinary tools and approaches. The project promotes an effective engagement of citizens and communities in climate actions, accelerating and upscaling adaptation processes for building a climate resilient Europe.

The event will be held on the CMCC Zoom PlatformRegister here


foto Tommaso Canetta 2018

Tommaso Canetta (Milan, 1986) is the deputy director of Pagella Politica and Facta news, the two main Italian fact-checking outlets, the coordinator of the fact-checking activities of EDMO, and a member of the EFCSN governance body. He participates in the Code of Practice on Disinformation taskforce, contributes to the activities of IDMO, the Italian national hub of EDMO, works on several European projects and writes about political fact-checking, especially about legal issues. Before joining Pagella Politica he wrote mainly about foreign policy and Italian politics as a freelancer. Graduated in Law at the University of Milan, and specialized in European and International Law, after two years of School of Journalism (Master in Journalism “Walter Tobagi”) he became a professional journalist in 2012.



Paula Gori is the Secretary-General and Coordinator of EDMO. She joined the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in 2017 where she is a member of the management team. Prior she was the Coordinator of the Florence School of Regulation – Communications and Media, which offers training, policy and research activities on electronic communications regulation and competition and she collaborated with the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, which she coordinated during the initial set-up phase back in 2012. She was for several years the Scientific Coordinator of the Annual Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics and she is one of the authors of the report for the European Commission on European Union competences in respect of media pluralism and media freedom. Paula has a legal background and is a qualified civil mediator.


Alessandra Mazzai is a communication officer at the CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, where she writes for the digital magazine Climate Foresight and carries on climate science communication and outreach activities. She coordinates the CMCC Climate Change Communication Award “Rebecca Ballestra”. She has experience in coordinating communication activities for EU H2020 projects and in events/webinars management. From 2012 to 2017, she was responsible for communication and external relations at the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) and project manager at the CMCC Foundation. Previously, she worked at the Fund-Raising Office of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM). She coauthored the books “Il clima che cambia. Non solo un problema ambientale” (Il Mulino, 2015) and “Gli impatti dei cambiamenti climatici in Italia. Fotografie dal presente per capire il futuro” (Edizioni Ca’Foscari, 2017). She has a Master in Environmental and Energy Economics and Management (MEMAE, 2009) from Bocconi University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Strategies from the University of Padua (2013).