Māori Climate Commissioner: National Party MP promotes woeful fake news on methane
Māori Climate Commissioner, Donna Awatere Huata, has criticised National Party MP Stuart Smith for last week promoting
fake news on methane.
"Facebook is a breeding ground for climate denial and to have a a Politician give such naked ignorance oxygen by
reposting fake news is dangerous. If we are serious about combating climate change, pretending it isn't real and caused
by human pollution is counter productive in the extreme".
"The truth is that methane is part of the problem so preventing and curbing it must be part of the solution. In a paper
published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers show a large spike over the last 4 years in methane
which is almost 28 times more potent in holding heat than CO2. This spike can be attributed to more intensive farming
practices in Africa and methane release from heating swamp land, if we don't work to lead the science that can reduce
methane from agriculture then it simply can't be seen as part of our sustainable future."
"We must face this challenge honestly, not by spreading disinformation on social media".