Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef improved in 2021, but that doesn’t mean the reef is ‘growing quickly,’ contrary to Daily Wire claim

CLAIM
Study Shows The Great Barrier Reef Is Growing Quickly

SOURCE: Ben Zeisloft, The Daily Wire

Published: 30 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Electric cars aren’t seven times more expensive than gasoline-powered cars, as claimed on Facebook

CLAIM
An electric car “costs more than seven times as much” as a gasoline powered car

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 21 Oct 2021

VERDICT

A 2014 study showed that the US Corn Belt is one of the biggest primary producers on Earth in July, but didn’t show that it produces more oxygen than the Amazon

CLAIM
"the US corn crop, at its peak, produces 40% more oxygen than the Amazon rainforest."

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook (see claim in context)

Published: 23 Sep 2021

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Global warming contributes to increased heat-related mortality, contrary to Bjorn Lomborg’s unsupported claims that climate change is saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year

CLAIM
"Global warming saves 166,000 lives each year"; those claiming that climate change is causing heat-related deaths are wrong because they ignore that the population is growing and becoming older

SOURCE: Bjorn Lomborg, New York Post, Facebook

Published: 15 Sep 2021

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Sea temperatures around the Great Barrier Reef have increased over the last 150 years, contrary to claim at Wattsupwiththat

CLAIM
"Great Barrier Reef Sea Surface Temperature: No Change In 150 Years"

SOURCE: David Mason-Jones, Wattsupwiththat?

Published: 08 Sep 2021

VERDICT

Solar forcing is not the main cause of current global warming, contrary to claim by Alex Newman in the Epoch Times

CLAIM
The Sun and not human emissions of carbon dioxide may be the main cause of warmer temperatures in recent decades. There is a systemic bias in UN IPCC's data selection.

SOURCE: Alex Newman, The Epoch Times, The Western Journal, Newsmax

Published: 30 Aug 2021

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Despite 2021 being a good year for coral health, coral in the Great Barrier Reef has declined over the past decade and is threatened by climate change, contrary to claims by Peter Ridd

CLAIM
“The amount of coral on the Great Barrier Reef is at record high levels”; those claiming the reef is threatened by climate change are alarmists

SOURCE: Peter Ridd, The Australian, Climate Change Dispatch, Watts Up With That?

Published: 21 Aug 2021

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YouTube video falsely claims that climate models systematically over-estimated warming and that we are heading towards an ice age

CLAIM
"The official observed temperatures are coming consistently below the scary global warming numbers"; "Melting polar ice triggers ice age"

SOURCE: Ben Davidson, Suspicious0bservers

Published: 27 May 2021

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No device can plug into your car’s fusebox to improve engine efficiency and turn it into a hybrid

CLAIM
Plugging this device into a car’s fuse box can reduce fuel consumption by at least 35% and up to 75% by converting the car into a hybrid.

SOURCE: Anonymous, Christianity Today

Published: 05 May 2021

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Biden’s climate plan doesn’t say anything about limiting meat consumption, contrary to Daily Mail, Fox News claim

CLAIM
Biden’s climate plan limits meat consumption by 90%; “Biden's climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH”

SOURCE: Emily Crane, Daily Mail

Published: 29 Apr 2021

VERDICT