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Information and misinformation about climate change: lessons from Brazil

Heslley Machado Silva*

University Center of Formiga (UNIFOR/MG) and State University of Minas Gerais (UEMG), Zito Vaz street, 95, Minas Gerais 35574-110, Brazil
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ABSTRACT: There is a growing movement in online social networks and within some governments to deny the long-established scientific consensus regarding climate change. Scientific research has shown that a series of climatic events in Latin America, and especially in Brazil, are being exacerbated by global warming. These events have had a profound impact on populations. Disruptions to Brazilian rainfall patterns with their devastating environmental and economic effects on agriculture have been directly linked with Amazonian deforestation. Furthermore, the Bolsonaro government, with its erratic environmental policies and ardent followers, has promoted misinformation about climate change and conservation of the Amazon. It is necessary to simultaneously inform society about scientific misunderstandings regarding the environment and the way these misunderstandings are amplified via the internet and social networks.

KEY WORDS: Global warming · Effects · Brazil · Rain

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Cite this article as: Silva HM (2022) Information and misinformation about climate change: lessons from Brazil. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 22:51-56.

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