UN aviation body blocks critics online
The UN’s aviation body is blocking climate critics on Twitter, accusing them of 'fake news' and 'spam'.

Darby, Megan

Publisher:  The Ecologist
Date Written:  29/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23608

The International Civil Aviation Organization is blocking people who interact with them on Twitter. They claim their critics' arguments are not 'fact-based.'




On Wednesday, Steve Westlake, a behavioural scientist at Cardiff University, shared a screenshot showing Icao had blocked him. It came after he responded to three Icao tweets by sharing a comment from Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg arguing most airport expansions were incompatible with meeting international climate goals.

That analysis is uncontroversial. Aviation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The sector’s emissions target, negotiated in Icao, is not aligned with the Paris Agreement, which calls for global warming to be held at 1.5C or below 2C.
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