Alexis Berg

Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University

Expertise: Land-atmosphere interactions, Climate impacts on agroecosystems

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ARTICLES REVIEWED

Guardian story conveys statement by scientists stressing role of deforestation in climate change

in The Guardian, by Oliver Milman

— 09 Oct 2018

"The article correctly links estimates of current carbon dioxide emissions from land use and land cover change with fairly conservative estimates for potential carbon sequestration..

Guardian coverage of essay on potential of future “hothouse” climate is generally accurate, but misstates some details

in The Guardian, by Jonathan Watts

— 09 Aug 2018

"The article reasonably summarizes a new study published in PNAS, which describes the potential of tipping elements to enhance climate warming and the potential for the Earth to tr..

Atlantic story on the climate implications of reduced beef consumption could provide clearer context

in The Atlantic, by James Hamblin

— 17 Jan 2018

"The article explains the issue (meat production diverts crops from humans to cattle) on a simple level. More explanation and more context could have been provided, I think, regard..

Daily Caller uncritically reports poorly supported conclusion of satellite temperature study

in The Daily Caller, by Michael Bastasch

— 04 Dec 2017

"The absence of accelerating warming trends is meant to go against prevailing climate science, but I find that to be a strawman argument. In that sense the article is misleading—..

Scientists explain what New York Magazine article on “The Uninhabitable Earth” gets wrong

in New York Magazine, by David Wallace-Wells

— 12 Jul 2017

"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 t..

Playing semantics, misleading Breitbart article downplays US contribution to climate change

in Breitbart, by Thomas D. Williams

— 06 Jun 2017

"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..

Analysis of “Hillary Clinton Boards The Climate Crisis Train To Nowhere”

in Forbes, by Roy Spencer

— 29 Oct 2016

"The article is inaccurate in several places and conveys that one must choose between solving immediate problems, such as poverty, and long-term risks such as climate change. We ca..

Analysis of “About Those Non-Disappearing Pacific Islands”

in The Wall Street Journal, by Bjorn Lomborg

— 17 Oct 2016

"This article is very interesting because it exemplifies a highly-misleading rhetorical practice that is effective, frequently used, but not easily recognized by the public: "palte..

Analysis of “Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun”

in The New York Times, by Justin Gillis

— 07 Sep 2016

"The theory of sea-level rise and flood problems is pretty well understood — this makes the point that this theory is also happening now and can only be expected to get worse —..

Analysis of “Next year or the year after, the Arctic will be free of ice”

in The Guardian, by Robin McKie

— 25 Aug 2016

"before propagating a marginal view, one should ensure having a very strong argumentation; in this interview no argumentation is put forward to support Peter Wadhams’ central cla..

CLAIMS REVIEWED

Prof. John Christy incorrectly claims to show climate models are too sensitive to carbon dioxide

CLAIM
"the real atmosphere is less sensitive to CO2 than what has been forecast by climate models"

SOURCE: John Christy, The Daily Caller, 29 Nov. 2017

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
"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

VERDICT