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Hi ,

This week we have launched our first fact-checking series, Scotland and the Climate Crisis!

So far, we have looked at SNP claims that Scotland is half way to net zero, scepticism about the impact of humans on the climate, why Scotland will likely see less snow in future, how climate change is already affecting Scotland, and how the government plans to tackle it.

We have also put together a glossary of terms regularly used and confused in the conversation around the climate crisis.

But we're not finished yet, stay tuned today and tomorrow for a special For Fact's Sake podcast climate special, a look at the impact of oil and gas in Scotland, and an examination of how well the Scottish Government is doing on its climate targets.

This is a member-led series, which started with a meeting in a Glasgow cafe space and ended up with more than 100 Ferret members and readers contributing ideas. All the pieces are inspired by you - our members and readers. So thanks for making this happen, and we hope it's been useful.
Story of the week
An in-depth look at a Ferret investigation
One of the most enduring claims about climate change looks at global warming cycles.

A widely repeated suggestion by climate sceptics online is that climate change observed in recent decades is part of a natural cycle of weather that is not linked to human causes.

As part of our series, Scotland and the Climate Crisis, Ferret Fact Service looked at this claim and found it False.
What did we dig up this week?
A round up of our investigations in the last seven days
Claim Scotland is half way to net zero is True
Scotland is aiming to reach net zero climate emissions by 2045 in an effort to end its contribution to global heating.
Visualised: Scotland’s changing snow cover
Scotland’s snow-covered peaks have formed an iconic part of our tourism industry, but are threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis.
How is climate change impacting Scotland?
This global warming is having major effects. Experts say it is causing more severe storms, increased drought, species loss, and sea level rises across the world.
What plans does the Scottish Government have for tackling climate change?
As the impacts of the climate crisis become more significant, the Scottish Government has put in place targets to reduce emissions.
Glossary: Scotland and the Climate Crisis
For The Ferret’s climate fact checking series we asked our readers to suggest climate terminology they wanted explained.
Question of the Week
Is Scotland doing enough to mitigate climate change?
We now have a platform exclusive for Ferret Underground subscribers where you can share ideas about future investigations, answer polls and more!

Create an account here to get access.
Best of the rest
Investigations we've enjoyed from around the world
The fossil fuel interests behind Liz Truss’s ‘growth commission’
The new free market ‘taskforce’ is almost entirely made up of figures from think tanks funded by fossil fuels, climate change deniers, and more. (DeSmog)
The far-right is on the brink of power in Spain – Here's what is at risk
Vox is likely to become part of a coalition government, which would represent the first far-right representation in government since the time of Franco. (Vice News)
Finding closure, fifty years after a murder
Levina Moody was one of the first known Indigenous women to be killed along British Columbia's highways. Her murder is still unsolved. (The Walrus)
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