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Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes—if we prebunk rather than debunk, researchers say (phys.org)

TLDR; Summary

  • Last year was the hottest on record with temperatures 1.5°C warmer than pre-industrial era
  • Climate misinformation still spreads, evolving from denial to questioning solutions
  • Debunking misinformation is not always effective, prebunking is a new method
  • Prebunking acts like a vaccine against misinformation, reducing its spread
  • Studies show prebunking is effective in countering misinformation on topics like vaccines and climate change
  • Social media platforms like Meta are adopting prebunking techniques to combat misinformation
  • Prebunking can be used to counter climate misinformation claims ahead of events like wildfires
  • Prebunking involves providing accurate information in advance to counter misleading claims
  • Prebunking is crucial in the fight against misinformation as the world gets hotter