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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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URL: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/mont...
Date: 11 December 2010

Arguments by Monckton vs What the Science Says
"Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle"

Thick Arctic sea ice is undergoing a rapid retreat.

"Arctic sea ice has recovered" Thick arctic sea ice is in rapid retreat.
"Arctic was warmer in 1940"

The actual data show high northern latitudes are warmer today than in 1940.

"Climate scientists are in it for the money"

Climate scientists could make far more money in other careers - most notably, working for the oil industry.

"Climate sensitivity is low" Net positive feedback is confirmed by many different lines of evidence.
"Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy" A number of investigations have cleared scientists of any wrongdoing in the media-hyped email incident.
"CO2 limits will harm the economy"

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"CO2 limits will make little difference"

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

"Coral atolls grow as sea levels rise"

Thousands of coral atolls have "drowned" when unable to grow fast enough to survive at sea level.

"IPCC overestimate temperature rise"

Monckton used the IPCC equation in an inappropriate manner.

"IPCC ‘disappeared’ the Medieval Warm Period"

The IPCC simply updated their temperature history graphs to show the best data available at the time.

"It's cooling" The last decade 2000-2009 was the hottest on record.
"Medieval Warm Period was warmer"

Globally averaged temperature now is higher than global temperature in medieval times.

"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.

"Ocean acidification isn't serious" Ocean acidification threatens entire marine food chains.
"Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated" Sea level rise is now increasing faster than predicted due to unexpectedly rapid ice melting.

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