Confused about climate change? Check Facebook. The social network this week launched a digital Climate Science Information Center chock full of factual and up-to-date sources.
Modeled after its COVID-19 Information Center, the new Climate Science HQ features facts, figures, and data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and their global network of partners, including the Met Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and more.
“Climate change is real,” according to a Facebook blog announcement. “The science is unambiguous and the need to act grows more urgent by the day. As a global company that connects more than 3 billion people across our apps every months, we understand the responsibility Facebook has and we want to make a real difference.”
Users in France, Germany, the UK, and the US can tap into the Climate Science Information Center for “by the numbers” data, news updates, expert posts, and various ways you can join the fight—like participating in the #OurPlanetChallenge to raise money for the Arbor Day Foundation or exploring lifestyle choices to reduce your carbon footprint. The center will roll out to more countries “soon.”
Facebook isn’t just preaching the importance of curbing climate change, though. The firm, which is expected to reach its goal of reducing operational greenhouse gas emissions by 75 percent this year, also announced an ambitious new net zero emissions target for its value chain.
“Over the next decade, Facebook will work to reduce carbon emissions from our operations and value chain, including by working with suppliers on their own goals, helping the development of new carbon removal technologies, and making our facilities as efficient as possible.”
Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai this week championed similar environmental efforts within his own companies—including eliminating Google’s entire carbon legacy.