You may have heard of those measured strikes that never happen. Or the fact that some of the world’s islands may only exist for a decade before being overwhelmed by global warming, but still exist half a century later. While global warming can be a threat, are we receiving false survival warnings to prepare ourselves when there is still time?
All important issues concerning individual nations like the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit vote or issues of concern to the whole world like the issue of global warming and climate change are threatened by fake news that can lead to catastrophic results. While the subject of fake news gained a wider audience after the 2016 US election, fake news has always had a disturbing impact on us.
Fake news is not a recent phenomenon and has been around for a long time, but its impact has become widespread with the spread of the internet and social media. The phenomenon of fake news has been fostered by the rapid expansion of digital medium and its ability to carry any message across the world at lightning speed. This leads to a situation where this fake news cannot be verified, verified or disputed until it is made available to the whole world.
Scientists are grappling with fake news. Scientists studying climate change are grappling with this fake news phenomenon which is capable of sowing the seeds of confusion in the minds of both the general public whose support is needed to implement changes to save the environment and decision-makers who are responsible for it. to make decisions which, however painful, are necessary to end further environmental damage.
In such a scenario, it is necessary for scientists to step up their efforts for a wider dissemination of correct and factual data so that people acquire more scientific knowledge and can appreciate the facts as they are and are not influenced by misinformation campaigns and deliberately disclosed fake news. Global bodies like the United Nations believe that the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved if scientific literature and findings reach a wider audience.
Disinformation campaigns and deliberately disclosed false information and controversies have led to a situation where polls in the US and UK show that although a large majority of scientists agree that the phenomenon of climate change of the modern era is largely fueled by human activities. , the general population is not aware of such unanimity on the issue while many believe that it is still an unresolved problem. Such large-scale denial of climate change and its causes is a direct result of the inability of the scientific community to effectively challenge false information on the issue.
A change of habits is necessary. In their quest for a wider dissemination of correct and factual data, scientists must change their long-standing habit of sharing information within the scientific community as a primary objective and must instead develop the habit of sharing their knowledge. information not only with the scientific community but with the general public. public too.
In their quest to disseminate scientific information, scientists must use the aid of the latest technological tools in order to be able to develop effective means of two-way communication with the general public. The new interdisciplinary field of translational ecology can help scientists advance environmental research into public policy.
Transforming the current scenario into one where society understands and values its point of view and is able to verify and understand the facts about climate change is essential if environmental issues are to receive broad support across the world. One of the ways we can support the growth of the scientific mood is by knowing what fake news is and trying to stop it from spreading.
What is fake news? Since ancient times, rulers have indulged in biased information and planting new ones to serve their interests. But giving a news orientation based on beliefs or ideology cannot be called fake news. Fake news can best be described as a completely fabricated story with no basis that was started by special interests to serve their own purpose.
We are also to blame! Today, with the advent of the Internet, everyone, from the individual to the media to the government, has their part in spreading fake news, although their motives may vary with increasing political weight. the achievement of financial goals or any other personal agenda. But how do you know if the news is true or false?
When researching fake news, look at the origins of the news. If it is disseminated by a legitimate source of information, there is a good chance that it is not false, but if it is from sources that you have not heard of or that you know are of such nature. doubtful, you have to take this news with a pinch of salt and check it out from a known genuine source before you start to believe it. The most obvious solution to controlling the spread of fake news is human intervention. Technology by itself cannot filter and separate fake news. Recognizing this dimension, Facebook initiated such a practice and appealed to the International Fact-Checking Network to examine this information that users have flagged as fake deliberations.
To stop the spread of fake news, you yourself need to start taking responsibility for what you share. Don’t share anything on social media without going into the story or photo detail. Check the source of the story or photo you want to circulate and only share it if it is from reputable sources.
Also start pointing any fake news to its sender. Maybe they don’t know the real facts and passed them on thinking it’s true and you could help them stop the spread of such news.
Only such collective actions by the scientific community and the general public will help us deal with environmental problems such as climate change.
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