Scott Johnson

Science Editor

ARTICLE REVIEWS

ABC article effectively illustrates important climate trends for Australian readers

in Australian Broadcasting Company, by Tim Leslie, Joshua Byrd, Nathan Hoad

— 11 Dec 2019

"This article is exceptionally good in delivering accurate information in an engaging way. There are many useful statements made about the effects of climate change on extreme weat..

Ian Plimer op-ed in The Australian again presents long list of false claims about climate

in The Australian, by Ian Plimer

— 26 Nov 2019

"This article is a mixture of misdirection, misleading claims, and outright falsehoods. The author attempts to paint a picture of current climate change as simply a continuation of..

New York Times op-ed claiming scientists underestimated climate change lacks supporting evidence

in The New York Times, by Eugene Linden

— 18 Nov 2019

"Most of the specific facts and statistics in this op-ed are correct, but the overall effect is significantly misleading. The author’s central point is that scientists have been ..

Telegraph article on climate change mixes accurate and unsupported, inaccurate claims, misleads with false balance

in The Telegraph, by Sarah Knapton

— 18 Oct 2019

"This article is a prime example of false equivalence, putting fringe figures side by side with mainstream scientific findings while failing to distinguish between their respective..

Letter signed by “500 scientists” relies on inaccurate claims about climate science

in clintel.nl, by Guus Berkhout, Reynald du Berger, Terry Dunleavy, Viv Forbes, Jeffrey Fos, Morten Jodal, Rob Lemeire, Richard Lindzen, Ingemar Nordin, Jim O'Brien, Alberto Prestininzi, Benoit Rittaud, Fritz Vahrenholt, Christopher Monckton

— 04 Oct 2019

"The scientific content is completely inaccurate, undocumented, and fails to bring proof for its claims. The ending of the Little Ice Age in 1850 has no logical link with the fact ..

Washington Examiner op-ed cherry-picks data and misleads readers about climate models

in The Washington Examiner, by Patrick Michaels, Caleb Stewart Rossiter

— 31 Aug 2019

"This article focuses only on specific lines of evidence that climate models disagree with observations. In doing so, the authors ignore research that helps to reconcile difference..

NBC News story accurately covers research on two millennia of climate history

in NBC News, by Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky

— 30 Jul 2019

"This accurately describes new peer-reviewed research and asks independent scientists with relevant expertise to provide important context, such as how these results rely on limite..

Popular article in The Independent accurately summarizes June heat in Europe

in The Independent, by Conrad Duncan

— 05 Jul 2019

"The article accurately and clearly states the facts regarding the recent extreme heat in June 2019 and its link to anthropogenic warming. This includes acknowledging that, at this..

Financial Post commentary jumps to unsupported conclusions in claiming “climate change isn’t causing extreme weather”

in Financial Post, by Ross McKitrick

— 13 Jun 2019

"This article is misleading since it confuses changes in climate change impacts with changes in climate and weather extremes and it subjectively selects examples that support its m..

Claim that human civilization could end in 30 years is speculative, not supported with evidence

in IFLScience, by James Felton

— 09 Jun 2019

"The report this article is based on describes a scenario which is unlikely, but several aspects of what is included in the report are likely to worsen in coming decades, such as t..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Simple measurements demonstrate that CO2 is a greenhouse gas contrary to claim in online blogs

CLAIM
"CO2 is not a greenhouse gas."

SOURCE: Tim Ball, Technocracy.news

Published: 14 Jan 2020

VERDICT

Facebook meme incorrectly claims past climate variations contradict human influence on current climate

CLAIM
"The idea that 'climate change' is new or is caused by Humans is nonsense."

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 13 Jan 2020

VERDICT

Volcanic CO2 emissions are known to be much smaller than human-caused emissions

CLAIM
"Discovery Of Massive Volcanic CO2 Emissions Discredits Global Warming Theory"

SOURCE: James Edward Kamis, Principia Scientific

Published: 03 Jan 2020

VERDICT

Article falsely attributes invented quotes to James Hansen

CLAIM
"Father of Global Warming’ Scientist Finally Admits Theory Is Wrong"

SOURCE: Baxter Dmitry, NewsPunch, Your News Wire, Principia Scientific

Published: 01 Jan 2020

VERDICT

False claim that wind turbines generate more global warming than fossil fuels misrepresents study it relies on

CLAIM
"Harvard study finds that wind turbines create MORE global warming than the fossil fuels they eliminate"

SOURCE: Ethan Huff, Ecology.news

Published: 23 Dec 2019

VERDICT

Ice cube meme misrepresents physics of sea level rise to claim melting ice has no effect

CLAIM
"[Photo] A little science lesson for the #idiots at the global warming conference. Ice berg melts, ocean level remains the same."

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 17 Dec 2019

VERDICT

1977 “coming ice age” Time magazine cover is a fake

CLAIM
"When the exact same group of 'experts' who claimed it was global cooling in 1977 now claim it's global warming you can easily see why I am skeptical"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook

Published: 16 Dec 2019

VERDICT

Bedrock heat flow studies made no claim contradicting human-caused melting of glaciers

CLAIM
"[A] series of just-released studies by working-level scientists prove that geological and not atmospheric forces are responsible for melting of Earth’s polar ice sheets."

SOURCE: James Edward Kamis, Climate Change Dispatch

Published: 22 Nov 2019

VERDICT

Claim of a coming ice age misrepresents the study it relies on

CLAIM
"Scientists studying Antarctica sea ice warn a rise in accumulation could spark the next ice age."

SOURCE: Stacy Liberatore, Chris Ciaccia, Daily Mail, Fox News

Published: 01 Nov 2019

VERDICT

Human activities release far more carbon dioxide than volcanoes do

CLAIM
"That one little burp by Mt. Etna has already put more than 10,000 times the CO2 into the atmosphere than mankind has in our entire time on the Earth"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook post

Published: 31 Oct 2019

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

How is Arctic warming linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and other extreme weather?

— 01 Feb 2019

Over the past decade, a growing body of research has proposed ways in which rapid Arctic warming can lead to harsh winters, summer heatwaves and even floods and droughts across the...

How credible were 2018’s most popular climate articles?

— 24 Jan 2019

Compared to last year’s top 10, there is a notable lack of low credibility stories. Two stories garnered mixed reviews from scientists. In one case, this was an article detailing...

Climate misinformation video reaches broad audience with help from Youtube recommendation algorithm

— 21 Dec 2018

YouTube's recommendation algorithm recently began promoting a video about climate change on dozens of popular Youtube channels; the video has been promoted to between 300,000 and 2...

A discussion with experts on California wildfire links to climate change

— 16 Mar 2018

In many of these conversations, the question is framed in a fairly reductionist way: “Did global warming cause the California fires?” A more nuanced and scientifically-answerab...

US Congressman Lamar Smith rushes to dismiss study of Texas hurricanes like Harvey in a warming climate

— 24 Nov 2017

"Congressman Smith is an expert at using seemingly true statements to convey falsehoods." - Prof. Kerry Emanuel

Tony Abbott speech on climate change rehashes misleading, inaccurate talking points

— 12 Oct 2017

“the usual mix of misdirection, falsehoods and tirades against ‘brigades’ who supposedly say this and that but are never clearly identified”. In his speech, Abbott repeate...

How sea ice can still be thick in places in a warming Arctic

— 15 Jun 2017

The simple fact that baffles Breitbart author: global warming doesn’t mean that every square inch of ice has already melted.

CNN airs misleading climate claims in interview

— 25 Apr 2017

"Dr. Happer's assertion that models show 2x to 3x greater warming than observations is incorrect. At the surface (where we all live) models predict a rate of warming of 0.2 °C per..

Scientists reactions to the US House Science Committee hearing on climate science

— 10 Apr 2017

Only four witnesses were invited to testify before the committee, which cannot be representative of all the expertise required to understand a field as vast as climate science. So ...

The Daily Wire corrects story analyzed by scientists, but it’s still misleading

— 07 Mar 2017

While the most inaccurate statements have been edited, the scientists who reviewed the post indicate that the implication that the study undercuts confidence in the human cause of ...