August 2023 Climate Media Fact Check
Guest Post by: The Competitive Enterprise Institute, The Heartland Institute, the Energy & Environmental Legal Institute, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and the International Climate Science Coalition, and Truth in Energy and Climate.

Editor’s note: This summary serves as a fact check on the biggest false claims made in the media in August, 2023. 

August 2023 was the warmest August since the satellite record began in 1979. But it still is not the largest monthly temperature anomaly or deviation from an estimated “average global temperature,” the controversial metric invented for the global warming controversy. That record is still held by February 2016.

Another way to consider “average global temperature” is presented by, which uses unadjusted actual surface temperatures collected and calculated on a real-time basis going back to 2015. This data set shows there has been global cooling from January 2015 through August 2023.
Which is better representation? Does that even matter? Remember that the key global warming claim is that every emission warms the planet. While both data sets indicate that August was a relatively warm month, neither supports the notion that emissions have anything to do with that.


Here are 10 other fact checks for claims made in August.

Links: Associated Press article, Maui land map analysis, August 2018 fire, water release delayed, failure of warning, evacuation, and lack of emergency response, utility mitigation plan proposal, Gov. Green admits problem with water plan, Gov. Green admits personal incompetence, The Washington Post editorial board comments.

Links: Los Angeles Times article, National Hurricane Center acknowledgement.

Links: NBC Connecticut article.

Links: Bloomberg article, Nature study, Nature study showing lack of warming, Climate Realism analysis.

Links: The Washington Post article, read more here and here.

Links: CBS News article, Iliad, Greek wildfires don’t correlate with emissions, spike in fires, arresting arsonists.

Links: The Washington Post article.

By the way, NASA has reported a decline in global wildfire.

Links: The Associated Press article.

Links: The New York Times article.

Links: The Associated Press article, Current Biology study.

We’ll close out this month with a final laugher from the Los Angeles Times: “How climate scientists feel about seeing their predictions come true.

The article mentions no “dire prediction that has come true.” Not one. There is a passing general reference to James Hansen’s 1988 Senate testimony, but none of that came true either as detailed in “Wrong Again: James Hansen 1988 Senate Testimony Edition.” For more predictions that never came true, check out: “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions” and “Wrong Again: 2020’s Failed Climate Doomsaying.”

Until next month…

Steve Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 25 years of accomplishment and experience. He is the founder of and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.


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