Articles tagged with: Agriculture

ARTICLE REVIEWS

CO2 coalition sponsored article in The Washington Times presents list of false and misleading statements about the impacts of CO2 and climate change

in The Washington Times, by Gregory Wrightstone

— 05 May 2021

"This article recycles old tropes such as “it’s been warm before”, “CO2 levels have been higher in the past” (millions of years ago!), “CO2 is plant food”, “warming..

Video promoted by John Stossel for Earth Day relies on incorrect and misleading claims about climate change

in Stossel TV, by John Stossel, Patrick Michaels, David Legates

— 21 Apr 2021

"This video is misleading in so many ways it’s hard to know where to begin. For a start there’s a repeated assertion that climate “alarmists” won’t enter debate on climat..

Guardian story accurately describes study on environmental impacts of our food system

in The Guardian, by Damian Carrington

— 17 Oct 2018

"Although the presented facts are clear, the scientists give a personal interpretation of the priorities and needed policies, which are not covered in the source. The data give add..

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..

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..

Analysis of “The Phony War Against CO2”

in The Wall Street Journal, by Rodney Nichols and Harrison Schmitt

— 03 Nov 2016

"The article speaks about scientific questions under an "opinion" banner—as if questions about the role of CO2 in the Earth system could be a matter of opinions. For the major fi..

CLAIM REVIEWS

A 2014 study showed that the US Corn Belt is one of the biggest primary producers on Earth in July, but didn’t show that it produces more oxygen than the Amazon

CLAIM
"the US corn crop, at its peak, produces 40% more oxygen than the Amazon rainforest."

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook (see claim in context)

Published: 23 Sep 2021

VERDICT

Biden’s climate plan doesn’t say anything about limiting meat consumption, contrary to Daily Mail, Fox News claim

CLAIM
Biden’s climate plan limits meat consumption by 90%; “Biden's climate plan could limit you to eat just one burger a MONTH”

SOURCE: Emily Crane, Daily Mail

Published: 29 Apr 2021

VERDICT

CO2 can increase plant growth in greenhouses while also negatively affecting ecosystems and human societies

CLAIM
CO2 is a plant nutrient...it’s not a pollutant that threatens human civilization. If CO2 was so terrible for the planet, then installing a CO2 generator in a greenhouse would kill the plants.

SOURCE: Mike Adams, Natural News

Published: 19 Mar 2020

VERDICT

Claim that cows have more impact on climate than cars depends on the timescale

CLAIM
Burping cows are more damaging to the climate than all the cars on this planet.

SOURCE: Barclay's, Financial Times

Published: 21 Feb 2019

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

Published: 25 Apr 2017

VERDICT

Wall Street Journal op-ed ignores evidence of negative impacts of increasing CO2

CLAIM
Increased atmospheric carbon dioxide has helped raise global food production and reduce poverty.

SOURCE: Harrison Schmitt & Rodney Nichols, The Wall Street Journal

Published: 02 Nov 2016

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

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...