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- Overall, we rate Climate Action Tracker a Pro-Science source based on scientific methodology and adherence to the consensus of science.
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Germany 11/180
Founded in 2009, Climate Action Tracker is an independent science-based assessment, which tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. The website provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They have a well-sourced Methodology.
Funded by / Ownership
Climate Action Tracker is owned by Climate Analytics and NewClimate Institute gGmbH, which conducts research and analysis to support the international climate negotiations, including options for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Funding is provided by “ClimateWorks Foundation, the European Climate Foundation, and the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) via the International Climate Initiative.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website features a map that highlights countries by how well they are complying with the Paris Climate Agreement. For example, the United States is rated as CRITICALLY INSUFFICIENT, while Canada is rated as INSUFFICIENT, and India as 2°C COMPATIBLE. For the most part, almost every country is insufficient or worse. The website also features reports such as this Scaling up climate action in Australia. In general, the information contained on this website is low biased and factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Climate Action Tracker a Pro-Science source based on scientific methodology and adherence to the consensus of science. (12/23/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/20/2020)