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

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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

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A third of Antarctic ice shelf risks collapse at 4°C above pre-industrial levels, as accurately described in CNN article

CLAIM
"A third of Antarctic ice shelf risks collapse as our planet warms"

SOURCE: Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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In viral Turning Point USA video, Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk falsely claim there is no evidence of global warming and scientists don’t know the cause

CLAIM
There is no factual data to back up global warming; real scientists don’t know whether CO2, solar sunspots or natural activity cause global warming

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Charlie Kirk , Turning Point USA

Published: 16 Apr 2021

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Deserts cool the planet by reflecting solar radiation to space; vegetated areas have an overall warming effect, so planting trees in deserts doesn’t necessarily cool the planet

CLAIM
"Deserts are heat producers, reflecting around 60% to 70% of the solar energy that falls on them straight back into the atmosphere."; "If we want to do something about global warming, we have to do something about deserts."

SOURCE: Ties Van der Hoeven, Steve Rose, The Guardian

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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The energy costs of manufacturing wind turbines are recouped in one to six months; turbines are financially profitable over their lifetimes

CLAIM
Wind turbines in the US are made of toxic materials that pollute the environment, are mostly built in Germany, and will not pay off their manufacturing costs within their lifetimes.

SOURCE: Internet User, Facebook

Published: 08 Apr 2021

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Solar geoengineering isn’t happening or damaging the planet; aircraft contrails are formed by water vapor, not chemicals

CLAIM
"The intentional dimming of direct sunlight by aircraft dispersed particles, a form of global warming mitigation known as “Solar Radiation Management”, has and is causing catastrophic damage to the planet’s life support systems."

SOURCE: Dane Wigington, Geoengineering Watch

Published: 25 Mar 2021

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Connecting a generator to the wheel of an electric vehicle won’t recharge its battery

CLAIM
The rotating wheel of an electric vehicle can recharge the vehicle’s battery by affixing a generator

SOURCE: Ozzy's Classics, Facebook

Published: 15 Mar 2021

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A “water-powered” car still requires other forms of fuel to work; it cannot run solely on water, contrary to viral Facebook video claims

CLAIM
There exists a car that runs solely on water

SOURCE: Anonymous, Gaia

Published: 15 Mar 2021

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