True: the past twelve months were 1.3 degrees Celsius warmer than the pre-industrial era

On November 9, 2023, journalist Heleen Ekker, from RTL Nieuws, wrote about the warmest twelve months in history (Last Twelve Months Warmer Than Ever Recorded, 2023). She based her statement on research from Climate Central. She said that the past twelve months were the warmest period ever recorded, with temperatures 1.3 degrees Celsius higher than…

True: EU makes significant progress on gender equality ahead of the upcoming elections

On March 8th, 2024, the Politico.eu website published an article entitled: “If far right surges in EU election, women’s rights could be imperiled”.  The first part of the article from politico.eu presents theoretical analysis of how the upcoming elections for the European Parliament can affect women’s rights, especially in light of the growth of far-…

True: “WHO reports significant increase in cholera cases”

In an article entitled “WHO reports significant increase in cholera cases”, published on 24 September 2023 by Tagesschau, a significant increase in cholera cases is reported. This claim turns out to be true. Twice as many cholera cases as in 2021 The article highlights the increase in cholera cases from 2021 and 2022 and states…

True: Migratory birds are threatened by climate change

The impact of climate change on animals and nature is a recurring research topic. But according to the news website n-tv also the habitats of migratory birds are threatened by climate change. This claim turns out to be true. Climate change is affecting most coastal areas and their inhabitants, such as migratory birds that stop…

True: “More pensioners than ever need basic income support”

On August 29th 2023, the German news channel “Tagesschau” published a report indicating that in Germany more than 680 000 pensioners were dependent on basic income support in the first quarter of 2023. More than ever before. This worrying development was outlined with reference to the German Federal Statistical Office. It comes out to be…

True: “The European Union’s climate tax is as much as 60% of the energy production costs.”

Numerous billboards around Poland appeared around February 2022, reading: “The European Union’s climate tax is as much as 60% of the energy production costs. EU climate politics = expensive energy/high prices.” The billboards turned out to be part of a campaign ran by Polish state-owned utility companies, financed by the Polish Ministry of State Assets.…

True: “Belgium drops to the 49th place in the Climate Change Performance Index”

On November 9, 2021, Flemish newspaper “De Morgen” published an article titled “Belgium loses more terrain on climate index: 49th place between Belarus and Slovenia.” Does Belgium really perform that bad in the Climate Change Performance Index compared to other European countries? Yes, it does. What is the CCPI? The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)…

True: “China dominates the global graphite market, threatening electric cars’ production”

In an article titled “Chinese graphite dominance threatens electric car ambitions”, posted on 14th March 2022, “Deutsche Welle” reports that Chinese graphite dominance threatens electric car ambitions worldwide. The author Ashutosh Pandey (Senior Business Editor for DW) states that China is a dominating force in the graphite supply chain, bearing in mind that the material…