Global sea level rise is accelerating, despite Heartland Institute report’s claims otherwise

CLAIM
"Best available data show sea-level rise is not accelerating. Local and regional sea levels continue to exhibit typical natural variability—in some places rising and in others falling."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2017

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The Sun cannot explain recent global warming, contrary to what Heartland Institute report claims

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"Solar forcings are not too small to explain twentieth century warming. In fact, their effect could be equal to or greater than the effect of CO2 in the atmosphere."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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Climate sensitivity estimate given in Heartland Institute’s report is misleading

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"Doubling the concentration of atmospheric CO2 from its pre-industrial level, in the absence of other forcings and feedbacks, would likely cause a warming of ~0.3°C to 1.1°C"

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2017

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In CNN interview, William Happer incorrectly claims temperatures don’t match climate model projections

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"The temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. You know, it’s much, much less, factors of 2 or 3 less."

SOURCE: William Happer, CNN, 22 April 2017

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In CNN interview, William Happer misleads about the impact of rising carbon dioxide on plant life

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"there's this myth that's developed around carbon dioxide that it's a pollutant […] Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love."

SOURCE: William Happer, CNN, 22 April 2017

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Boston Globe column claims that climate models have consistently failed based on no evidence

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"Climate projections using models based on it [the water vapor feedback] have consistently failed"

SOURCE: Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 14 March 2017

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Claim in New Scientist that humans are responsible for over 100% of warming is mostly correct

CLAIM
"more than 100 per cent of the warming over the past century is due to human actions"

SOURCE: Michael Le Page, New Scientist, 8 March 2017

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

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"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

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

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

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