26 Climate Myths Debunked

Kudos to New Scientist for taking on the skeptics. Here are the myths they debunk (that Slate’s Emily Yoffe would do well to read):

Human CO2 emissions are too tiny to matter

We can’t do anything about climate change

We can’t trust computer models of climate


They predicted global cooling in the 1970s

Chaotic systems are not predictable

Mars and Pluto are warming too

The ‘hockey stick’ graph has been proven wrongIt was warmer during the Medieval period, with vineyards in England

It’s been far warmer in the past, what’s the big deal?

Global warming is due to the Sun, not humans

Ice cores show CO2 increases lag behind temperature rises, disproving the link to global warming

But wait, there’s many more debunked myths — the Global Warming Denyers have been a busy bunch lo these many years:

It’s all due to cosmic rays

We are simply recovering from the Little Ice Age

It’s too cold where I live — warming will be great

CO2 isn’t the most important greenhouse gas

The lower atmosphere is cooling, not warming

Antarctica is getting cooler, not warmer, disproving global warming

The oceans are cooling

The cooling after 1940 shows CO2 does not cause warming

Warming will cause an ice age in Europe

Ice cores show CO2 rising as temperatures fell

Many leading scientists question climate change

It’s all a conspiracy

Hurricane Katrina was caused by global warming

Higher CO2 levels will boost plant growth and food production

Polar bear numbers are increasing

This debunking by New Scientist more than makes up for their dopey poll.