Incorrect claim that global warming is mostly natural was based on a study that can’t support that conclusion

CLAIM
Most of the recent warming could be natural

SOURCE: Jennifer Marohasy, The Spectator

Published: 07 Sep 2017

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Climate change likely helped increase Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall, but too early to say exactly by how much

CLAIM
[climate scientists] say that aspects of the case of Hurricane Harvey suggest global warming is making a bad situation worse.

SOURCE: Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic

Published: 29 Aug 2017

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Some extreme weather events are clearly becoming more common, in contrast to Lord Lawson’s claim

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The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is sort of the voice of the consensus, concedes that there has been no increase in extreme weather events.

SOURCE: Nigel Lawson, BBC

Published: 10 Aug 2017

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Lord Lawson falsely claims that global temperatures have declined over last decade

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according, again, to the official figures—during this past 10 years, if anything, mean global temperature, average world temperature, has slightly declined

SOURCE: Nigel Lawson, BBC

Published: 10 Aug 2017

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Earth is not at risk of becoming a hothouse like Venus, as Stephen Hawking claimed

CLAIM
Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.

SOURCE: Stephen Hawking, BBC

Published: 06 Jul 2017

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry incorrectly claims CO2 is not primary cause of climate change

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Most likely the primary control knob [on climate change] is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.

SOURCE: Rick Perry, CNBC

Published: 20 Jun 2017

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Breitbart falsely claims 58 studies refute human-caused global warming

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'Global warming' is a myth — so say 80 graphs from 58 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in 2017.

SOURCE: James Delingpole, Breitbart

Published: 08 Jun 2017

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Natural variability can not explain modern global warming, as Heartland Institute report claims

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Neither the rate nor the magnitude of the reported late twentieth century surface warming (1979–2000) lay outside normal natural variability.

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute

Published: 30 May 2017

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A lull in solar activity would have little effect on global temperatures; claims of “global cooling” are not based on science

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Forward projections of solar cyclicity imply the next few decades may be marked by global cooling rather than warming, despite continuing CO2 emissions.

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute

Published: 30 May 2017

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Global warming has not “ceased”, as Heartland Institute report falsely claims

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global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 19 years of stable temperature

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute

Published: 29 May 2017

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