2°C is not known to be a “point of no return”, as Jonathan Franzen claims

CLAIM
"The consensus among scientists and policy-makers is that we’ll pass this point of no return if the global mean temperature rises by more than two degrees Celsius"

SOURCE: Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker

Published: 17 Sep 2019

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There is overwhelming evidence that current climate change is significantly caused by human carbon emissions contrary to claim in Townhall

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"Human-produced carbon might be one of the factors [of climate change], but there’s simply no evidence that it is a significant one."

SOURCE: Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Published: 11 Sep 2019

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Claim that the Earth has cooled since Medieval or Roman times is contradicted by available data

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"Peer-reviewed studies, geologic records, and all the studies have shown that we have actually cooled since the Roman Warming Period, and likely since the Medieval Warming Period."

SOURCE: Marc Morano, TFP Student Action

Published: 09 Sep 2019

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Claim of no US warming since 2005 is directly contradicted by the data it is based on

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"the U.S. Climate Reference Network[...] finds there has been no warming for the past 14 years at least"

SOURCE: James Taylor, John Hinderaker, WND, Powerlineblog, Real Clear Energy

Published: 06 Sep 2019

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Earth’s orbit cannot explain modern climate change

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"changes in the solar orbit of the earth, along with alterations to the earth’s axial tilt, are both responsible for what climate scientists today have dubbed as “warming”[...]. In no way, shape, or form are humans warming or cooling the planet"

SOURCE: Ethan Huff, Natural News

Published: 03 Sep 2019

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Prediction by Extinction Rebellion’s Roger Hallam that climate change will kill 6 billion people by 2100 is unsupported

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"I am talking about the slaughter, death, and starvation of 6 billion people this century—that's what the science predicts."

SOURCE: Roger Hallam, BBC News

Published: 22 Aug 2019

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Rick Perry’s claim that US is “leading the world” in emission cuts is misleading

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"I think about all the 194 [countries] that signed onto the Paris accord, the U.S. is the one that's leading the world in reducing emissions"

SOURCE: Rick Perry, Fox News

Published: 20 Aug 2019

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CO2 caused warming during past climate changes, notably as a feedback amplifying other factors

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"CO2 does not cause climate change, it RESPONDS to it [...] temperature always changes first, and CO2 follows"

SOURCE: Robert W. Felix, William Happer, Ice Age Now

Published: 14 Aug 2019

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Claim that cosmic rays are a crucial player for current climate change is unsupported

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"Based on the increase of solar activity during the twentieth century, it should account for between half to two-thirds of all climate change"

SOURCE: Cap Allon, Nir Shaviv, Electroverse

Published: 13 Aug 2019

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Express article falsely warns of a solar-induced “ice age”

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"The current solar minimum could last for more than three decades which could lead to temperatures plummeting across the globe, scientists have warned."

SOURCE: Sean Martin, Express

Published: 06 Aug 2019

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