ENVIRONMENT

Old image used to claim falsely that South Korea’s capital is using soil to clear snow due to budgetary constraints

Published on 14/01/2021 at 04:30

An image has been shared repeatedly in Facebook posts that claim the Seoul Metropolitan Government had resorted using to soil to clear snow as it had “no budget” for calcium chloride, an efficient means of melting ice on roads. The claim is false: the image in the misleading post was actually published in March 2008 by Yonhap News Agency; Seoul authorities told AFP that they had plenty of calcium chloride in stock, despite using a quarter of their reserves to clear roads during heavy snowstorms in early January.