Supported by the Climate Misinformation Grant Program from the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, Science Feedback is launching the Climate Science Desk, an initiative aimed at helping fact-checkers and journalists connect with scientists to review the veracity of climate change-related claims.
The Climate Science Desk features a portal where fact-checkers can submit items for which they seek the help of scientific experts. Items can include claims, viral articles and videos, or simply a question for which journalists would like to get the input of a relevant expert. Once an item is submitted, a Climate Feedback science editor will identify the most relevant experts within Climate Feedback’s community of about 400 climate scientists and invite them to provide their feedback. The experts’ feedback will be promptly published on Climate Feedback’s website with minimal editing under a creative commons license so it can benefit other journalists as well as the public.
If you have any questions about the Climate Science Desk, or are interested in learning more about this new effort, feel free to send us an email.
The Climate Misinformation Grant Program distributed a total of $800,000 to help fact-checking organizations tackle climate-related claims. Learn more about the program, which supports nine projects in seven countries including France, Kenya, Romania, Poland, Spain, India and the United States.