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Scientists explain what New York Magazine article on “The Uninhabitable Earth” gets wrong
in New York Magazine, by David Wallace-Wells
"While it is clear that ongoing warming of the global climate would eventually have very severe consequences, the concept of the Earth becoming uninhabitable within anywhere near the timescales suggested in the article is pure hyperbole. The author has clearly done very extensive research and addresses a number of climate threats that are indeed major issues, but generally the narrative ramps up the threat to go beyond the level that is supported by science."
— 12 Jul 2017
Breitbart article falsely claims that measured global warming has been “fabricated”
in Breitbart, by James Delingpole
"In a cursory attempt at both reporting and climate science, the author glibly highlights a document heavy on accusation and light on reasoned engagement with fact. Implying nefarious motives behind temperature measurement bias correction without providing readers any indication of why this is necessary is misleading and a dereliction of the author's journalistic responsibility."
— 11 Jul 2017
The Atlantic accurately reports on study of the economic impacts of continued climate change in the US
in The Atlantic, by Robinson Meyer
This story in The Atlantic by Robinson Meyer describes a new study on the distribution of economic impacts that result from continued climate change in the United States. The study finds that the impacts would not be uniform throughout the country, but would reduce GDP to a greater degree in southern states, for example, while the northernmost states could experience net economic benefits from warmer temperatures.
— 03 Jul 2017
New York Times story highlights the growing number of extremely hot days in a warming world
in The New York Times, by Brad Plumer & Nadja Popovich
"The study’s claims all appear to be based on sound, peer-reviewed research. The claims are in line with longstanding predictions and are not cherry-picked or unrepresentative, although there are uncertainties as always in any prediction."
— 26 Jun 2017
Breitbart misrepresents research from 58 scientific papers to falsely claim that they disprove human-caused global warming
in Breitbart, by James Delingpole
"This article grossly misinterprets open-access scientific papers by simply looking at graphs and entirely ignoring their meaning as explained by authors in the text."
— 08 Jun 2017
Playing semantics, misleading Breitbart article downplays US contribution to climate change
in Breitbart, by Thomas D. Williams
"This whole post is based on semantics and basically one big strawman fallacy. The author is deliberately confusing air pollution from suspended particulate matter (as discussed in the WHO report) with pollution from carbon dioxide emissions (as discussed in the Reuters link and the Paris Agreement). Even though CO2 does not impact our health through “disease-causing pollutants that get into people’s lungs”, it does change our environment and the Earth’s climate, and in that sense does classify as a pollutant."
— 06 Jun 2017
In Paris Agreement op-ed, US Senator Ted Cruz misrepresents the costs and benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
in CNN, by Senator Ted Cruz
Sen. Cruz’s article cites a single report that assessed only the costs of climate actions, relying on a series of assumptions that maximized those estimated costs, and that excluded the benefits of avoided climate change and of renewable sources of energy.
— 31 May 2017
New York Times series accurately describes research on Antarctic ice sheets and sea level rise, but highlights uncertain studies
in The New York Times, by Justin Gillis
"Generally scientifically sound, but caution should be displayed before basing discussion solely on a single modeling study, especially when it incorporates fundamentally different processes relative to other contemporary models."
— 23 May 2017
ThinkProgress story on thawing Alaskan tundra generally accurate but somewhat misleading
in Think Progress, by Joe Romm
"The writing is a bit over the top, but factually correct in general. The main weakness is in linking the solidly evidence-based observed changes from the Commane et al paper with much more speculative links such as the Siberian methane bubbles."
— 19 May 2017
The Daily Wire makes wild claims about climate change based on no evidence
in The Daily Wire, by Joseph Curl
"The article contains little to no rational treatment of observational data, but relies on heavily biased secondhand interpretation... Even the title is based on a lie. There is no 'study' that finds static temperatures for 19-years. This article is based on a newspaper article that makes this false statement based in turn on a blog post..."
— 09 May 2017
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