Facebook announced on Thursday (18) that its Climate Science Information Center has won a version for Brazil. The main objective of the tool is to disseminate data and facts about climate change.
In addition to the launch of the page in Portuguese, the platform gained a section of myths about environmental issues. The space will be consulted by specialists in climate communication.
“Disinformation about climate change is much older than the Internet, but it has been extensively expanded in our new digital world. This new myth-hunter section of the Facebook Climate Science Information Center can help increase public awareness and understanding of climate change worldwide, ”said Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Climate Change Communication Program .
A myth that is already present in the center is widespread: that scientists differ that climate change is caused by humans. In reality, Facebook recalls that “at least 97% of published climate experts agree that global warming is real and is caused by humans”.
The text adds that “the myth that scientists disagree about climate change sometimes comes from misleading petitions that do not accurately represent the climate science community.” The actual information on this fact is from NASA.
Facebook launched the Climate Science Information Center in September last year. The idea of the platform is to be a space “with factual information, resources from the main climatic organizations in the world and viable measures that people can take in their daily lives to combat climate change”.
Entities such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations (UN), the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) contribute to the information posted on the page.