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Climate Misinformation by Source: Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton is a British consultant, policy adviser, writer, columnist, and hereditary peer. While not formally trained in science, Monckton is one of the most cited and widely published climate skeptics, having even been invited to testify to the U.S. Senate and Congress on several occasions.

For a comprehensive rebuttal of many of Christopher Monckton's arguments, check out this presentation by Professor John Abraham. Abraham has compiled many examples where Monckton misrepresents the very scientists whose work he cites. Check out this PDF of Monckton quotes versus the scientists who in their own words explain how Monckton misrepresents their research.

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Lord Monckton - What is the Green Movement and what are its goals? (VIDEO)

URL: http://www.livestream.com/bigfootprintconference/video?clipId=pla_8f38...
Date: 21 June 2011

Arguments by Monckton vs What the Science Says
"Al Gore got it wrong"

Al Gore's book is quite accurate, and far more accurate than contrarian books.

"Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain" Arctic sea ice loss is three times greater than Antarctic sea ice gain.
"Climate sensitivity is low" Net positive feedback is confirmed by many different lines of evidence.
"Clouds provide negative feedback"

Evidence is building that net cloud feedback is likely positive and unlikely to be strongly negative.

"CO2 is plant food"

The effects of enhanced CO2 on terrestrial plants are variable and complex and dependent on numerous factors

"CO2 limits will make little difference"

If every nation agrees to limit CO2 emissions, we can achieve significant cuts on a global scale.

"IPCC graph showing accelerating trends is misleading"

All of the statements made in the IPCC report regarding the figure in question are correct and supported.

"IPCC overestimate temperature rise"

Monckton used the IPCC equation in an inappropriate manner.

"It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940" The warming trend over 1970 to 2001 is greater than warming from both 1860 to 1880 and 1910 to 1940.
"It's cooling"

The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.

"It's global brightening"

This is a complex aerosol effect with unclear temperature significance.

"It's Pacific Decadal Oscillation"

The PDO shows no trend, and therefore the PDO is not responsible for the trend of global warming.

"It's Urban Heat Island effect" Urban and rural regions show the same warming trend.
"Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity" Lindzen and Choi’s paper is viewed as unacceptably flawed by other climate scientists.
"Most of the last 10,000 years were warmer"

This argument uses regional temperature data that ends in 1855, long before modern global warming began.

"Sea level is not rising"

The claim sea level isn’t rising is based on blatantly doctored graphs contradicted by observations.

"There's no tropospheric hot spot"

We see a clear "short-term hot spot" - there's various evidence for a "long-term hot spot".

"Trenberth can't account for the lack of warming"

Trenberth is talking about the details of energy flow, not whether global warming is happening.

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