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 NiƱo 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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Sea level rise is accelerating, and with it the risk associated with coastal storm surge, contrary to claim in Forbes

CLAIM
"Sea level rise, which was occurring long before humans could be blamed, has not accelerated."

SOURCE: Roy Spencer, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2016

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Sea level could rise by as much as 1 or 2 meters (3.3-6.6 feet) by the year 2100

CLAIM
"Sea level rise could reach six or seven feet by the year 2100."

SOURCE: Justin Gillis, The New York Times, 3 Sept. 2016

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Heat waves in the U.S. have already become more frequent and intense due to global warming

CLAIM
"the U.S. is shattering high temperature records far more frequently than it is shattering low temperature records"

SOURCE: Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, 21 July 2016

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