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All IPCC definitions taken from Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Working Group I Contribution to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Annex I, Glossary, pp. 941-954. Cambridge University Press.

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The fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released on September 27th. In anticipation of the widespread news coverage of this auspicious report, climate contrarians appear to be in damage control mode, trying to build up skeptical spin in media climate stories. This page provides debunkings of the more common myths regarding the IPCC. Click on the one-line debunking for a detailed rebuttal. Short URLs for each rebuttal are also provided for easy sharing.

Climate Myth vs What the Science Says Short URL
1 "IPCC global warming projections were wrong"

Global surface temperature measurements have fallen within the range of IPCC model projections.
2 "IPCC admits global warming has paused"

The overall warming of the global climate has continued at a rate equivalent to 4 Hiroshima atomic bomb detonations per second.
3 "IPCC human-caused global warming attribution confidence is unfounded"

The IPCC 95% confidence that humans are responsible for most of the current global warming is simply a summary of the peer-reviewed scientific research.
4 "IPCC is alarmist"

Numerous papers have documented how IPCC predictions are more likely to underestimate the climate response.
5 "The IPCC consensus is phoney"

113 nations signed onto the 2007 IPCC report, which is simply a summary of the current body of climate science evidence.
6 "IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers"

Glaciers are in rapid retreat worldwide, despite 1 error in 1 paragraph in a 1000 page IPCC report.
7 "IPCC overestimate temperature rise"

Monckton used the IPCC equation in an inappropriate manner.
8 "IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests"

The IPCC statement on Amazon rainforests was correct, and was incorrectly reported in some media.
9 "Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?"

Official records, Editors and emails suggest CRU scientists acted in the spirit if not the letter of IPCC rules.

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