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Daniel Swain for New York Times — When the Storm Online Is Worse Than the One Outside

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the challenges of combating misinformation about extreme weather for New York Times. As social media becomes a breeding ground for false reports and conspiracy theories related to natural disasters, Swain emphasizes the uphill battle faced by scientists and emergency officials in protecting accurate weather information. Misinformation regarding events like the hypothetical “ARkStorm” spreads rapidly, leading to public confusion and unnecessary panic.