Climate Feedback: an international network of scientists assessing the credibility of climate information online
Climate Feedback is a worldwide network of scientists sorting fact from fiction in climate change media coverage to help readers know which news to trust.
Europe | 10/01/2015 –
The ever-increasing amount of disinformation and “fake news” online contributes to confusing the public about the reality and seriousness of climate change. Our project aims to help readers identify and avoid disinformation while gaining confidence in information about climate change that is validated by science. Climate Feedback organizes a worldwide network of scientists to assess the credibility of influential climate change information. When a climate story is trending on social networks, we typically invite half a dozen scientists with expertise on the subject to collaboratively comment on the articles’ main claims. Scientists also provide an overall rating of the article’s scientific credibility based on its factual accuracy, logic, objectivity, and quality of sources used. We then publish an analysis with a clearly stated summary to help the public know which news is consistent with science, and we provide feedback to editors so they can improve their coverage. Climate Feedback started in late 2014 as a grassroots organization of climate scientists who wanted to create a channel where scientists can set the record straight about coverage of their field of expertise. Any scientist with a relevant Ph.D. who is actively publishing academic research in top-tier scientific journals is free to register on our site. So far, about three hundred scientists have volunteered to contribute to Climate Feedback reviews. Today Climate Feedback is the first and only crowdsourced fact-checking project to be among the 46 verified signatories of the International Fact-Checking Network. As such, our reviews are featured in Google search results (thanks to the use of the “claim review” markup), making it easier for those who want to fact-check a story to find our reviews.
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