Big Tech drags feet on climate disinformation, advocates warn
In June, the wildfire smoke wafting from Canada to locations as far away as New York prompted a surge in the number of posts using the term "climate scam", according to the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a non-profit group.
Questionable narratives about the wildfires and smoke included that breathing in smoke is not harmful to health, climate change does not worsen wildfires, and the wildfires are part of a planned "climate scam", the group found.
One way to combat disinformation when it comes to climate is by being transparent and relying on facts and figures, said Humza Yousaf, first minister of Scotland, an early donor of finance to help developing countries deal with worsening loss and damage from extreme weather and rising seas.
"You can't hide countries ablaze, on fire because of record temperatures and wildfires. You can't hide flooding because of excessive rainfall," he said in an interview after an event at Climate Week NYC.
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