How is Arctic warming linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and other extreme weather?
Over the past decade, a growing body of research has proposed ways in which rapid Arctic warming can lead to harsh winters, summer heatwaves and even floods and droughts across the mid-latitudes. Some scientists say that climate change and Arctic sea ice loss are the root cause of these events, but others are more circumspect. In this detailed Q&A, scientists discuss the potential connections between Arctic warming and extreme weather across the mid-latitudes, what those theories look like, and how the evidence measures up.
How credible were 2018’s most popular climate articles?
Compared to last year’s top 10, there is a notable lack of low credibility stories. Two stories garnered mixed reviews from scientists. In one case, this was an article detailing false claims about sea level rise made by politicians, in which some reviewers felt the article simply wasn’t clear enough in its corrections. But there were no articles from partisan outlets presenting inaccurate rejections of climate system at the top in 2018. Instead, the list was dominated by major news outlets—with the exception of the top story, which was published by the local FOX station in St. Louis.
Is President Trump right that polar ice caps are setting records for growth, instead of melting?
CLAIM “The ice caps were going to melt. They were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records” VERDICT more about the rating framework SOURCE: Donald Trump, ITV, 28 Jan. 2018 DETAILS Factually inaccurate: Arctic sea ice and the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are setting record lows as they … Continued
We are not heading towards a “mini ice age”, contrary to claims in some media
Recently, alarming claims that we are heading towards a “mini ice age” have been popping up across the web. This was the subject of a widely discussed Metro article titled “A mini ice age could be on the way which means it will get very, very cold”. Similar claims were also repeated without verification throughout … Continued
Climate misinformation video reaches broad audience with help from Youtube recommendation algorithm
YouTube’s recommendation algorithm recently began promoting a video about climate change on dozens of popular Youtube channels; the video has been promoted to between 300,000 and 2,000,000 people according to AlgoTransparency.
Climate Feedback receives Special Mention of the Jury for the Best Climate Solutions Award 2018
Climate Feedback was recognized for bringing its “expertise, balance, and commitment against fake news and catastrophism”. The jury said about Climate Feedback: “Fact-checking, collaborative structure, and scientific expertise are the cornerstones of this initiative which sifts through social media in search of climate change news to verify its reliability and release science-proven analyses.”
False claims of a coming ice age spread through ecosystem of unreliable news sites, blogs, and social media accounts
Similar claims that we would be heading towards an imminent “mini ice age” were also repeated without verification throughout a network of unreliable outlets for climate news including Sputnik, The Sun, Fox News, and numerous hyper-partisan blogs such as Zero Hedge, Principia Scientific, IceAgeNow, Alien-Star…
Sky News Australia airs false climate information in misleading video by Rowan Dean
“While the variations in the Sun’s magnetic activity (leading to small variations in solar radiation reaching the Earth) have some discernible effect on our climate, their impact is small compared to the effects of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.”
Climate Feedback accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network at Poynter for the second year
Climate Feedback has received accreditation by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at The Poynter Institute for the second year. Climate Feedback is the first and only accredited organization pioneering a community approach to “fact-checking”: crowdsourcing the evaluation of information credibility from a network of scientists with relevant expertise. The IFCN is “committed to promoting excellence … Continued
A discussion with experts on California wildfire links to climate change
In many of these conversations, the question is framed in a fairly reductionist way: “Did global warming cause the California fires?” A more nuanced and scientifically-answerable question might be: “Has global warming increased the likelihood or severity of large late-season wildfires in California?”