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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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SPPI Monthly CO2 Report January 2011

URL: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/co2_...
Date: 11 April 2011

Arguments by Monckton vs What the Science Says
"An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature"

CO2 levels are rising so fast that unless we decrease emissions, global warming will accelerate this century.

"Animals and plants can adapt" Global warming will cause mass extinctions of species that cannot adapt on short time scales.
"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 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.

"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.

"CRU tampered with temperature data" An independent inquiry went back to primary data sources and were able to replicate CRU's results.
"Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ????"

Global temperature is still rising and 2010 was the hottest recorded.

"Hockey stick is broken" Recent studies agree that recent global temperatures are unprecedented in the last 1000 years.
"Hurricanes aren't linked to global warming" There is increasing evidence that hurricanes are getting stronger due to global warming.
"IPCC is alarmist"

Numerous papers have documented how IPCC predictions are more likely to underestimate the climate response.

"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.

"Models are unreliable"

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

"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.

"Scientists tried to 'hide the decline' in global temperature" The 'decline' refers to a decline in northern tree-rings, not global temperature, and is openly discussed in papers and the IPCC reports.
"Sea level is not rising"

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

"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.
"Southern sea ice is increasing" Antarctic sea ice has grown in recent decades despite the Southern Ocean warming at the same time.
"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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