Warming Trends: A Facebook Plan To Debunk Climate Myths, ‘Meltdown’ And A Sad Yeti – Progressive Party USA

Warming Trends: A Facebook Plan To Debunk Climate Myths, ‘Meltdown’ And A Sad Yeti – Progressive Party USA

Icebergs near Ilulissat, Greenland. Credit: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook Busts Climate Myths

Facebook announced this week it will be combating climate change misinformation with an expansion of its Climate Science Information Center and a new labeling program for posts about climate.

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Collaborating with experts from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the University of Cambridge, the social media platform will start adding labels to posts about climate change similar to those it has used to counter misinformation about Covid-19 and the 2020 election. Users who encounter the label will be directed to the center to find factual and authoritative information, as people who search Facebook for climate change or other related topics already are doing in countries where the center is available. The labeling program is starting in the United Kingdom, but will add other countries “soon” according to a news release by the social media giant.

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The center, which this week expanded into a dozen new countries, includes local information about rising temperatures, explainers on the science of climate change, climate change news from verified sources and actions people can take to mitigate climate change. Improvements announced this week include a new feature that debunks common climate myths.

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“A healthy planet depends on everyone, everywhere and that starts with people having access to accurate and timely information,” said Nancy Groves, digital strategy chief with the UN Environmental Programme, in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with Facebook on this new effort to dispel myths and to provide access to the latest science on the climate emergency.” Scientists Fear Banking on Trees Won’t Pay Off

Would you hand someone your 401K with an unconvincing promise that, in 50 years, you’ll get your money back?

“That’s not a deal you would take,” said MIT Sloan School of Management research scientist John Steinman.

So would you cut down trees to burn for energy now, with the promise that decades down the line, a replacement tree—assuming it survives land development, natural disaster, disease and every other unpredictable tree killer—will sequester as much carbon as the first tree emitted?

“That’s the deal that’s being offered here,” Steinman said, about cutting forests for biomass energy..

This lag time and unpredictability is why 500 scientists, including Steinman, addressed a letter to world leaders saying the practice is not carbon neutral, and shouldn’t be included in countries’ net-zero plans.

“Trees are more valuable alive than dead both for climate and for biodiversity,” said the letter, directed to the leaders of the United States, the European Union, Japan and South Korea. “To meet future net zero emission goals, your governments should work to preserve and restore forests and not to burn them.”

Biomass energy from forests is included in South Korea’s carbon neutral strategy . The European Union got 60 percent of its renewable energy from biomass as of 2019. And biomass energy is also included in the renewable portfolios of the United States and Japan .

When a tree is cut and burned for fuel, it immediately emits carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change. This is considered carbon neutral because, in theory, the emissions will be offset by a replacement tree. But it will take decades for a new tree to grow enough to fully offset the emissions from the burned tree.

“All during that time, that extra carbon is worsening climate change,” Steinman said. “Sea level will rise faster, extreme weather will get […]

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