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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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Would CO2 emission cuts save Arctic ice and reduce sea-level rise?

URL: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/Monc...
Date: 20 April 2009

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 loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain" Arctic sea ice loss is three times greater than Antarctic sea ice gain.
"Arctic was warmer in 1940"

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

"CO2 limits will harm the economy"

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

"Greenland is gaining ice" Greenland on the whole is losing ice, as confirmed by satellite measurement.
"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 the sun"

In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions

"Models are unreliable"

Models successfully reproduce temperatures since 1900 globally, by land, in the air and the ocean.

"Oceans are cooling" The most recent ocean measurements show consistent warming.
"Sea level rise is exaggerated" A variety of different measurements find steadily rising sea levels over the past century.
"Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated" Sea level rise is now increasing faster than predicted due to unexpectedly rapid ice melting.
"There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature" There is long-term correlation between CO2 and global temperature; other effects are short-term.

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