Mark Richardson

Research Assistant, UCLA/NASA JPL

Expertise: Remote sensing, satellite data, Clouds, Climate sensitivity, Temperature records

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publication   http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017JD0

publication   https://www.nature.com/articles/nclimate3066

ARTICLES REVIEWED

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 https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/climate-scientists-drive-stake-through-heart-skeptics-argument-ncna1033646

— 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..

Commentary in The Australian by Ian Plimer relies on false claims to make its case

in The Australian, by Ian Plimer

— 20 May 2019

"If you think that potentially causing hundreds of millions of refugees and trillions of dollars in damages is fine because some plants did well in the same conditions millions of ..

Breitbart article baselessly claims a study of past climate invalidates human-caused climate change

in Breitbart, by John Nolte

— 11 Apr 2019

"By the reasoning of this article, if a rock rolled down a hill three million years ago, no human can be responsible for rolling a rock down a hill today. The fallaciousness of thi..

Western Journal op-ed deceives readers with completely unsupported claims

in The Western Journal, by Jay Lehr, Tom Harris

— 26 Feb 2019

"What would make their case stronger would be if they actually analysed all the data, engaged with the existing scientific literature and made their own contribution to our scienti..

Popular “Friends of Science” video promoted by Youtube presents long list of climate myths

in Friends of Science, YouTube, by Steve Goreham

— 21 Dec 2018

"The video presents a litany of the usual climate denier talking points, none of which hold any water. It is full of outright false claims and does not even shy away from presentin..

Washington Post accurately describes ocean warming study (which has since been corrected)

in The Washington Post, by Chris Mooney, Brady Dennis

— 03 Nov 2018

"The Washington Post article accurately reports the results and links to other topics using reliable sources. Quotations from Pieter Tans and Paul Durack add important caveats show..

The Australian publishes “deeply ill-informed” opinion on climate by Ian Plimer

in The Australian, by Ian Plimer

— 09 Aug 2018

"This article is an amalgamation of logical fallacies, misleading talking points, and downright factually incorrect statements regarding the physics of the climate system. Every ta..

USA Today story accurate but lacks clarity regarding timescales over which warming could be underestimated

in USA Today, by Doyle Rice

— 10 Jul 2018

"An accurate and balanced article that gives readers a good flavour of the research but the reference to “Earth’s history” might confuse some when it otherwise refers to the ..

CLAIMS REVIEWED

There is overwhelming evidence that current climate change is significantly caused by human carbon emissions contrary to claim in Townhall

CLAIM
"Human-produced carbon might be one of the factors [of climate change], but there’s simply no evidence that it is a significant one."

SOURCE: Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

Published: 11 Sep 2019

VERDICT

Claim of no US warming since 2005 is directly contradicted by the data it is based on

CLAIM
"the U.S. Climate Reference Network[...] finds there has been no warming for the past 14 years at least"

SOURCE: James Taylor, John Hinderaker, WND, Powerlineblog, Real Clear Energy

Published: 06 Sep 2019

VERDICT

Hosted by former Australian senator, Tony Heller repeats false claim that scientists fake the warming trend

CLAIM
"[T]he raw data, the actual thermometer data[...] shows that the US has been cooling for 80 to 90 years. But the graphs they release to the public show warming trend, and it's all because they've altered the data."

SOURCE: Tony Heller, EXOMATRIXTV

Published: 05 Aug 2019

VERDICT

Non-peer-reviewed manuscript falsely claims natural cloud changes can explain global warming

CLAIM
"During the last hundred years the temperature is increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C."

SOURCE: Jyrki Kauppinen, Pekka Malmi, Paul Joseph Watson, Summit.news, Zerohedge

Published: 12 Jul 2019

VERDICT

NASA did not create global warming by manipulating data

CLAIM
"[NASA] has been adjusting temperatures from the past[...] downward, while adjusting current-day temperatures upward, and those changes are responsible for most of the claimed global warming during that time."

SOURCE: Tony Heller, James Murphy, The New American

Published: 01 Jul 2019

VERDICT

Meme image falsely claims wind turbines produce less energy that is used to build them

CLAIM
"A windmill could spin until it falls apart and never generate as much energy as was invested in building it."

SOURCE: Internet users, Facebook

Published: 27 May 2019

VERDICT

In popular video, Dan Peña falsely claims humans aren’t causing climate change

CLAIM
"Fifty-five thousand years ago the whole world was 2°C warmer than it is today[...] It's all cyclical; [human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are] not a fart in the wind. Sea level rise is not going to happen."

SOURCE: Dan Peña, "Ivanka_Trump" Facebook account

Published: 07 May 2019

VERDICT

There is clear evidence for the existence of climate change contrary to claims by John Coleman

CLAIM
"Climate change is not happening, there is no significant man-made global warming now, there hasn't been any in the past, and there's no reason to expect any in the future."

SOURCE: John Coleman, Derek Utley

Published: 30 Apr 2019

VERDICT

Ian Plimer wrongly claims that carbon dioxide emissions do not cause climate change

CLAIM
"there is no relationship between temperature and carbon dioxide emissions by ­humans[...] carbon dioxide has had a minuscule effect on global climate"

SOURCE: Ian Plimer, The Australian

Published: 11 Aug 2018

VERDICT

Rush Limbaugh falsely claims there is no evidence of human-caused global warming

CLAIM
"There isn’t yet any empirical evidence for their claim that greenhouse gases even cause temperatures to increase."

SOURCE: Rush Limbaugh, The Rush Limbaugh Show

Published: 04 Apr 2018

VERDICT