Environmentalists pan Facebook’s new climate change hub

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Facebook this week announced it would replicate its widely used COVID-19 information center in combating another global crisis: climate change.Many Facebook users opened the platform on Tuesday to find a banner prompting them to “see how our climate is changing.” That led them to the Climate Science Information Center, a hub with facts about global warming from such groups as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and World Meteorological Organization. Facebook also said it would “include posts from relevant sources to highlight climate science news.”The page prominently features a handful of climate facts at the top, including that human activities have warmed the planet by about 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times, and are on track to heat it even further.

“Climate change is real. The science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day,” Facebook said in announcing the project. The new service is live in the U.S., United Kingdom, France and Germany, and will soon be available in more countries, Facebook said.

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The new climate hub drew a cool response from scientists and environmental groups, who noted that the world’s largest social media network …

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