Science shows that humans are primarily responsible for climate change, counter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s claim

CLAIM
"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see."

SOURCE: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, CNBC, 9 March 2017

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The world’s coral reefs are severely threatened by climate change and other human impacts, as ABC story notes

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"90 per cent of the world's coral reefs will disappear in the next 35 years due to coral bleaching induced by global warming, pollution and over-development."

SOURCE: Greg Hassall & Rebecca Latham, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2017

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Daily Mail inflates data handling disagreement between scientists; makes unsupported “manipulation” accusation

CLAIM
"world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming data"

SOURCE: David Rose, Daily Mail, 4 Feb. 2017

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The Wall Street Journal fails to acknowledge that 2016 was the warmest year on record

CLAIM
"no one really knows if last year (2016) was a (global temperature) record"

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 19 Jan. 2017

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Global surface temperatures are increasing according to climate projections, contrary to Wall Street Journal claim

CLAIM
"the warming is not nearly as great as the climate change computer models have predicted."

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal editorial, The Wall Street Journal, 19 Jan. 2017

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Ocean acidification is expected to harm marine ecosystems overall, cherry-picking can lead to the opposite conclusion

CLAIM
"Marine life has nothing whatsoever to fear from ocean acidification."

SOURCE: Mike Wallace & James Delingpole, The Spectator, 30 Apr. 2016

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Oceans are currently acidifying, claims to the contrary contradict observations

CLAIM
"there has been no reduction in oceanic pH levels in the last century"

SOURCE: Mike Wallace & James Delingpole, The Spectator, 30 Apr. 2016

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Claim that Arctic warming is already influencing mid-latitude weather correct but still under investigation

CLAIM
"The jet stream meanders more, with big loops bringing warm air to the frozen north and cold air into warmer southern climes."

SOURCE: Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 19 Dec. 2016

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Daily Mail claim about 2016 global temperature record is misleading

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"El Niño drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions."

SOURCE: David Rose, The Daily Mail, 26 Nov. 2016

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Wall Street Journal op-ed ignores evidence of negative impacts of increasing CO2

CLAIM
"Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide has helped raise global food production and reduce poverty."

SOURCE: Harrison Schmitt & Rodney Nichols, The Wall Street Journal, 31 Oct. 2016

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