Climate Change Denial: Debunked

Don’t get it twisted. Despite the rumors and politicized debate, human-caused climate change is a very real problem.

12 Articles
  • Published 20 September 2019
12 Articles

Some facts are hard to face. Nonetheless, what may seem like a small uptick in temperature has already sparked dramatic and documented changes around the globe. Higher sea levels, stronger storms, and more health risks are just a few predicted future effects.

How to respond? Many ideas exist but, unfortunately, the one that keeps trending is “denial.”

Whether it takes the form of inaction or obstruction, climate-change denial remains a formidable adversary to those who would levy for more effective policy and behavioral changes — not to mention to those who have been affected directly.

Despite persistent and ominous predictions from scientists and advocates, equally persistent sources continue to circulate misinformation and cast doubt on what is a widely accepted truth among thousands of scientists: Climate change is real and it’s caused by humans.

Denial never was a river in Egypt, but it may one day be a real bad flood.

Did NASA ‘Admit’ Climate Change Is Caused by Changes in Earth’s Orbit, Not Humans?

At issue are so-called Milankovich cycles, which describe three periodic variations in the way the Earth rotates around the sun.

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Did 30,000 Scientists Declare Climate Change a Hoax?

More than 30,000 people may have signed a petition challenging the veracity of anthropogenic global warming, but one doesn’t have to be a climate scientist, or even a practicing scientist, to sign that document.

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Peer-Reviewed Study Proves All Recent Global Warming Fabricated by Climatologists?

A blog post, even if you like it and it is presented in downloadable PDF form, is not a peer-reviewed study.

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Does a Viral Video Show a Polar Bear Starving to Death?

Upsetting footage captured on Canada's Baffin Island is authentic, but the role of climate change in this particular animal's suffering is complicated.

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Do Hundreds of Papers Published in 2017 ‘Prove’ That Global Warming is a Myth?

An article stakes its claim on a regurgitation of false information from a blogger who rejects mainstream climate science.

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NOAA Scientists Falsely Accused of Manipulating Climate Change Data

A tabloid used testimony from a single scientist to paint an excruciatingly technical matter as a worldwide conspiracy.

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Did Donald Trump Claim Global Warming Is a Hoax?

Donald Trump and his campaign refused to acknowledge instances of his referring to global warming/climate change as a "hoax." What does the public record show?

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Do These Photographs Show the Same Spot in the Arctic 100 Years Apart?

A glacier comparison project documented some stark changes in the Arctic landscape across the span of a century.

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Is This Time Magazine Cover About ‘Global Cooling’?

Despite all their bluster, climate denial blogs still do not appear to understand the difference between weather and climate.

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Did the Department of Energy ask a Scientist to Remove the Words ‘Climate Change’ from a Grant Proposal?

A professor posted what she claims is an email from the DOE asking her to remove the words “climate change” from her proposal.

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Did Donald Trump Acknowledge the Threat of Climate Change to His Irish Golf Course?

The 45th president has been adamant and consistent in describing global warming and climate change as a "hoax."

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Did a Swedish Scientist Propose Cannibalism as a Solution to Climate Change?

News websites seized upon remarks made by Magnus Söderlund in September 2019, but climate skepticism (and a language barrier) may have caused confusion.

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