Ed Hawkins

Principal Research Fellow, National Centre for Atmospheric Science

Expertise: Climate variability and predictability

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Qualifying publication(s): see criteria

publication   http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D

publication   http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JCLI-D

ARTICLES REVIEWED

New York Times’ “straightforward answers” to common climate questions are accurate, too

in The New York Times, by Justin Gillis

— 28 Sep 2017

This article in The New York Times serves as a primer by briefly answering seventeen basic questions about the cause and consequences of—and possible solutions to—climate chang...

Daily Wire article misunderstands study on carbon budget (along with Fox News, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Breitbart…)

in The Daily Wire, by James Barrett

— 21 Sep 2017

"The article selectively quotes from interviews and scientific papers to create the false perception that climate models significantly overestimate the rate of warming. The article..

The Telegraph publishes false information about Arctic climate

in The Telegraph, by Christopher Booker

— 09 May 2017

"This article suffers from a common error in reasoning. The author focuses on individual “snapshots” of the state of the climate while ignoring the long-term trends. Those tren..

Analysis of “Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures…”

in Daily Mail, by David Rose

— 02 Dec 2016

This is an incredibly misleading article. It cherry picks a dataset taking measurements 2 miles up in the atmosphere only over land areas that disagrees with the other two datasets...

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

Some extreme weather events are clearly becoming more common, in contrast to Lord Lawson’s claim

CLAIM
"The IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is sort of the voice of the consensus, concedes that there has been no increase in extreme weather events."

SOURCE: Lord Nigel Lawson, BBC, 10 Aug. 2017

VERDICT

Lord Lawson falsely claims that global temperatures have declined over last decade

CLAIM
"according, again, to the official figures—during this past 10 years, if anything, mean global temperature, average world temperature, has slightly declined"

SOURCE: Lord Nigel Lawson, BBC, 10 Aug. 2017

VERDICT

Global warming has not “ceased”, as Heartland Institute report falsely claims

CLAIM
"global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 19 years of stable temperature"

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

VERDICT

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

CLAIM
"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

VERDICT