Claim that cows have more impact on climate than cars depends on the timescale

CLAIM
Burping cows are more damaging to the climate than all the cars on this planet.

SOURCE: Barclay's, Financial Times

Published: 21 Feb 2019

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Metro’s claims of coming “mini ice age” have no basis in reality

CLAIM
[S]unspot activity on the surface of our star has dropped to a new low. It’s feared this could herald the arrival of a uniquely grim ‘mini Ice Age’.

SOURCE: Jasper Hamill, Metro

Published: 20 Nov 2018

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On BBC Newsnight, Myron Ebell falsely claims climate models exaggerate warming

CLAIM
The rate of warming according to the data is much slower than the models used by the IPCC

SOURCE: Myron Ebell, BBC Newsnight

Published: 09 Oct 2018

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Ian Plimer wrongly claims that carbon dioxide emissions do not cause climate change

CLAIM
there is no relationship between temperature and carbon dioxide emissions by ­humans[...] carbon dioxide has had a minuscule effect on global climate

SOURCE: Ian Plimer, The Australian

Published: 11 Aug 2018

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Ian Plimer incorrectly claims human-caused emissions are short-lived

CLAIM
The ­atmospheric residency time of carbon dioxide is five years and it is quickly sequestered into plants, marine life, oceans and sediments.

SOURCE: Ian Plimer, The Australian

Published: 11 Aug 2018

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President Trump’s claim that water supply policy has worsened California wildfires is baseless

CLAIM
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

SOURCE: President Donald Trump, Twitter

Published: 07 Aug 2018

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Fred Singer incorrectly claims sea level rise is not caused by climate change

CLAIM
Sea-level rise does not seem to depend on ocean temperature, and certainly not on CO2

SOURCE: Fred Singer, The Wall Street Journal

Published: 19 Jul 2018

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Rush Limbaugh falsely claims there is no evidence of human-caused global warming

CLAIM
There isn’t yet any empirical evidence for their claim that greenhouse gases even cause temperatures to increase.

SOURCE: Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show

Published: 04 Apr 2018

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Breitbart repeats blogger’s unsupported claim that NOAA manipulates data to exaggerate warming

CLAIM
NOAA has adjusted past temperatures to look colder than they were and recent temperatures to look warmer than they were.

SOURCE: James Delingpole, Breitbart

Published: 23 Feb 2018

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EPA’s Scott Pruitt incorrectly suggests climate change might not be “a bad thing”

CLAIM
We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what, warming trends. I think there are assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that is necessarily a bad thing.

SOURCE: Scott Pruitt, KSNV NBC Las Vegas

Published: 09 Feb 2018

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