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News and tech media mostly quiet after UN chief calls for ban on ads for oil and gas

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🗞️ Driving the news: Major news and tech media are largely silent after UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a ban on advertisements for fossil fuels, citing their role in distorting public perception of climate change

🔭 The context: Guterres criticized energy companies for "greenwashing" and delaying climate action through massive ad campaigns
• While some publications have banned fossil-fuel ads, many major outlets like The Washington Post and CNN still run them, often leading to public scrutiny and internal debates

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Banning fossil-fuel ads could significantly reduce the spread of misleading information about climate change, strengthening public support for the transition to renewable energy and addressing the climate crisis more effectively

⏭️ What's next: The debate over fossil-fuel advertisements continues, with some governments and cities considering bans
• The impact of Guterres’s call on media policies and industry practices will be closely watched

💬 One quote: "Stop taking fossil-fuel advertising," António Guterres implored, highlighting the urgent need for truthful communication about the climate crisis

📈 One stat: A recent congressional investigation revealed fossil-fuel advertisements as part of a "deceptive" campaign similar to those used by the tobacco industry

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