Author: Odhiambo Shem

Amnesty International Kenya has raised concern over the rising cases of police brutality against anti-government protesters which it says have resulted in more than 30 deaths since March this year as a result of suffocation from tear gas and lethal shootings. Amnesty Executive Director Irungu Houghton in his statement called on Independent Human Rights bodies […]

The month of August 2022, specifically the 16th day, was one of the best days in my career as a journalist and mostly as a fact-checker. The e-mail from Esther Wanza at 4.26pm EAT about being successfully selected as part of the CfA Climate Change Fact-Checker Fellowship marked a new stage in my life as […]

A twitter post claiming that renewable energy is very expensive is false. “Renewable” energy is environmentally destructive and much more expensive than fossil fuels. The poor and middle class are going to suffer the most,” states the claim. According to a study published on September 13, 2022 in the journal Joule, a rapid transition to […]

A twitter post claiming that methane produced by cows doesn’t cause global warming is false. “Yes, the little amount of methane cows produce isn’t going to cause global warming,” states the claim. According to the University of California Davis (UC Davis), each cow produces almost 220 pounds of methane annually. Methane on its own has […]

A twitter post claiming that extreme weather events are no more frequent is false. “Extreme weather is not happening more in any way. Propaganda,” states the claim. A study published in March 2023 in the journal Nature Water indicates that there has been a sharp increase in the intensity of extreme drought and rainfall over […]

A twitter post claiming that climate change is not causing an increase in wildfires is false. “False. There is no anthropogenic climate change causing an increase in wildfires. #ClimateScam,” states the claim. Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in forests, grasslands and other ecosystems, and they can start with either a natural event or as […]

A twitter post claiming that electric cars are more harmful to the environment compared to conventional cars is false. ”Electric cars are more harmful to the environment than conventional cars,” states the claim. According to research by the International Council on Clean Transportation, electric cars are better for the environment due to the fact that […]

A twitter post claiming that water vapor causes global warming is false. “Yes, but it produces 100x less hydrogen per dollar of cost than breaking down coal to get the hydrogen. Clean coal is now, as it has been for centuries the least costly way to produce clean energy. But using hydrogen produces water vapor […]

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool generated a Photo purporting to show Wikileaks founder Julian Assange looking physically unwell in Belmarsh prison. The AI image, which has been shared widely on social media shows a close up of Assange wearing a white cloth, eyes closed, long hair and red patches on his face.  “Absolutely horrifying image […]

A video of South African politician and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema asking Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga to move on from the 2022 general elections is old. This emerged after the opposition embarked on a series of anti-government protests to compel the Kenya Kwanza to agree to their demands. In […]

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