Friday, August 21, 2015

Educational Tool Assesses Scientific Veracity of Online Content

An educational tool has been developed that can assess the veracity of climate related online content. The resource helps to separate fact from fiction in the complex world of climate science to the general public. This tool is an ideal companion for those engaged in climate education. The resource was developed by Dr. Emmanuel Vincent, a tropical cyclone expert at the University of California.

There is a plethora of information on climate science available online, however, it is often difficult to determine the accuracy of the claims being made. The Climate Feedback tool known as the Hypothesis annotation platform relies on a community of scientists who provide commentaries on the scientific accuracy of online content. So far there are 40 scientists who are providing these commentaries.

The resource has provided scientific feedback on a number of climate related articles in well known publications (eg Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and The Hill). These critiques even include the Pope's recent environmental encyclical.

The scientists that conducted these critiques hail from prestigious institutions like MIT, the University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Centre, Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Harvard, the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The tool assesses both the science of anthropogenic warming and claims made by skeptics. No doubt skeptics will abuse this tool with the intent of undermining the credibility of climate journalism. Nonetheless, it is a great resource to assess the veracity of the statements made by climate journalists.

Click here to access the tool.

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