Climate Change Information on Internet by Different Baltic Sea Region Languages: Risks of Disinformation & Misinterpretation
Volume 7, Issue 4 (2018), pp. 685–695
Pub. online: 30 June 2018 Type: Article Open Access
30 June 2018
30 June 2018
The internet space is the most important and affluent source of climate change related information. Hoverer information content are not always satisfying and threat of fake news and disinformation are very realistic. The analysis included top10 search results of four phrases (Climate change, Global warming, Adaptation to climate change and Climate change policy) using Google search engine. The phrases were searched in 11 Baltic Sea Region (BSR) languages and in the Ukrainian and English languages. The results revealed that climate change disinformation and misinterpretation exists on the internet. Mostly it displayed in indirect forms such as old information, existence of junksites, advertisements, unequal share by main actors (government, mass media, etc.). Moreover, on Eastern BSR languages, internet search results of climate change information are less convenient comparing to western BSR languages. The usage of multilanguage approach in Wikipedia pages could be one of the freshest and most reliable sources of information about climate change.