Climate Fact-Check February 2024 Edition

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 February, 2024. 

The naturally caused El Nino that started in 2023 is still here and warming the NASA satellite data.

In contrast, reports real-time surface station data – i.e., data not manipulated to fit a narrative — that show while February 2024 was slightly warmer, the average remains in a cooling trend since January 2015.

As always, it’s hard to know what to make of any of this data except to say that all these temperature differences are small and presented without their tremendous uncertainties. Ninety-six percent (96%) of US temperatures, for example, are not accurate to within 1°C. It’s likely worse for non-US temperature data. And no source of temperature data provides uncertainties in their estimates. On to this month’s fact checks.

Links: The Washington Post.

Links: November 2023 Fact Check, Read more.

Links: The Washington Post.

Links: BBC.

Links: The Washington Post, June 2023 Fact Check.

Links: Reuters, World Weather Attribution.

Links: July, August, and November 2023 Fact Checks, air pollution post.

Links: The BBC, Read more.

Links: The Washington Post, Biden statements, Climate Fact Checks, X posts about Washington Post coverage, hot days have declined and precipitation increased.

Links: The New York Times.

We’ll close out this month’s Climate Fact Check with a February editorial from Science magazine. Editor Holden Thorp asked the hosts of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters show to do a show to “demonstrate the reality of human-caused climate change.” Below are excerpts.

So “seeing is believing” and the Mythbusters apparently do not believe they can show to viewers that climate change is human-caused. We agree.

Don’t miss these other great fact checks and articles from February. Until next month…
• No, New York Times, Climate Change Is Not Targeting Animal Sanctuaries
• No, BNN, Climate Change Will Not Leave 200 Million Africans Hungry by 2050
• Wrong, USA Today, More Than One Type of Solar Activity Influences the Earth’s Climate
• Wrong, Time Magazine, January 2024 Was Not the Hottest on Record
• No, CNN and Other Media Outlets, Climate Change Is Not Causing the Ocean Circulation to Collapse

CO2 Coalition
• New study finds that CO2 is increasing the rate by which the globe is greening, even under drought
• Greenland is turning green again for the first time since medieval times. Why it matters.
• What Drought? Amazon Data Show Little Overall Rainfall Change in 300 Years
• The Hockey Stick Trial: Science Dies in a DC Courtroom
• Health of Fish Stocks Contradict Climate Alarmists Predictions
• Heads Up Media – Texas Wildfires Have Nothing to Do with Climate Change
• The Des Moines Register Misses the Possible Benefits of Research Suggesting That Climate Change Will Cause Fewer Blizzards
• NY Times pushes an implausible story of polar bear evolution and what makes a species
• Wrong, The Hill, Climate Change Isn’t Making It Unsafe for Kids to Play Outside
• Yes, Popular Mechanics, Scientists ‘Have Miscalculated Our Global Warming Timeline’

Originally posted at, republished with permission.

Steve Milloy
Steve Milloy
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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