Facebook launches the Climate Science Information Center to raise awareness and reduce misinformation

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Facebook launched the Climate Science Information Center, a dedicated webpage on the site that collects resources from climate experts and works to gather resources from trusted climate experts, including the UK Met Office and the United Nations Environment Program.

The feature aims to educate climate skeptics during a crucial time to raise awareness of climate change, as Facebook has also promised to supply its entire global operations with renewable energy, such as wind and solar, by the end of this year.

The company is emulating a similar promise from Apple, which will also reach net-zero emissions across its value chain by 2030, which means greenhouse gas emissions will be offset through its operations.

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Climate Science Information Center

The announcements come on the heels of Google’s announcement on Monday that it has just offset all the carbon emissions it has ever created, and Google has also revealed plans to be exclusively powered by carbon-free energy by 2030.

“Climate change is real,” Facebook said in a blog post. “The science is unequivocal and the need for action is getting more and more urgent every day.”

Facebook added: “As a global company that connects more than 3 billion people through our apps every month, we understand our responsibility and want to make a real difference, which is why today, before Climate Week, we announce a new Climate Science Information Center to connect people with information based on Science”.

The dedicated webpage is very similar to the Covid-19 Information Center, which was created in March this year in response to the current health epidemic.

The Covid-19 Information Center already serves as a hub for easy access to reliable information on the viral disease, from sources such as the World Health Organization, the NHS and the government.

Facebook said that the Covid-19 Information Center has directed more than two billion people to information from health authorities so far, stressing: “Now, we are taking a similar approach to the climate crisis by launching the new Climate Science Information Center on Facebook to connect people with realistic and up-to-date climate information. “.

The Climate Science Information Center will provide facts and figures from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its network of partners, including the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UK Met Office .

Facebook’s Climate Science Information Center will provide a central and accessible source for all this information, and the new center is rolling out today to UK, US, France and Germany users, and will be coming to other countries soon.

Facebook also stated that it partners with more than 70 independent fact-checking organizations worldwide, covering more than 60 languages, to monitor climate science content.

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