The environment

Fact checks about the environment, climate change, renewable energy and animal welfare

27 September 2021

Not all bumblebees are endangered

A Facebook post wrongly suggests that all bumblebees are endangered.

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Not all bumblebees are endangered
16 September 2021

Poster claiming bread is healthy for ducks gets its facts in a flap

Bread is healthy in small amounts but should form part of a wider diet, according to charities and experts.

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Poster claiming bread is healthy for ducks gets its facts in a flap
10 August 2021

Why it’s unlikely Geronimo the alpaca’s TB test gave a false positive

Bovine TB tests work by detecting an antibody response. But that antibody response isn’t triggered unless the animal has been infected in the past.

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Why it’s unlikely Geronimo the alpaca’s TB test gave a false positive
10 August 2021

Headlines exaggerate danger of hydrogen boilers

Claims that hydrogen boilers could explode at quadruple the rate of conventional gas boilers ignore vital context.

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Headlines exaggerate danger of hydrogen boilers
15 July 2021

Facebook post about wolves makes howling errors

A Facebook post about wolf pack behaviour makes a number of false claims.

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Facebook post about wolves makes howling errors
18 May 2021

No evidence Sir David Attenborough made viral comments about HS2

Thousands of people have shared a quote attributed to the broadcaster about a tree felled for HS2.

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No evidence Sir David Attenborough made viral comments about HS2
17 May 2021

Animal sentience in UK law

Animal welfare laws in the UK already acknowledge that animals can feel pain and suffer, but it has not been spelled out explicitly that they are sentient as in EU …

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Animal sentience in UK law
29 April 2021

Viewers spot Lorraine Kelly Himalayas gaffe

The TV personality claimed photos showed how visibility of the Himalayas changed after lockdown. The ‘before’ image was edited and not real.

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Viewers spot Lorraine Kelly Himalayas gaffe
26 March 2020

Anyone can make an Extinction Rebellion sticker

There have been numerous instances of the Extinction Rebellion logo being used to mock the group or distort its message.

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Anyone can make an Extinction Rebellion sticker
28 February 2020

EU regulations on dredging did not cause recent flooding

There is no specific EU law on banning dredging, but while some governance does affect it, it does not prevent it.

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EU regulations on dredging did not cause recent flooding

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