Climate Fact-Check April 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 April, 2024. 

April 2024 was the warmest month in the NASA satellite record:

But real-time global surface station data report that the cooling trend since January 2015 remains intact, despite about 500 billion tons or so of emissions:

As usual, we warn that these and other “average temperatures” are highly uncertain guesstimates that have no physical meaning and were exclusively invented for the global warming con. Our take on the apparent slight warming that has occurred since 1980 is that it has been driven by the natural phenomena of periodic El Niños, one of which we have been experiencing since mid-2023. On to this month’s fact checks.

Links: The Associated Press article.

Links: The Washington Post article.

Links: The Washington Post article, Great Barrier Reef coral extent.

Links: The Los Angeles Times article, Nature research article.

Links: The Washington Post article, Bengal Basin subsiding, Bangladesh land accretion.

Links: The Washington Post article, rainfall study.

Links: The Washington Post article, European scientists, James Hansen comment.

Links: The Associated Press article.

Links: The Washington Post article, Gavin Schmidt comments.

Links: The Washington Post article, Saudi Arabia research paper.

We’ll close this month with a lesson in “global temperature.” The Associated Press reported in “Broken record: March is 10th straight month to be hottest on record, scientists say” that: “March 2024 averaged 57.9°F, exceeding the previous record from 2016 by 0.18°F.”

But in March 1996, then-NASA chief climate scientist James Hansen claimed the global temperature was 59.7°F during December-January-February of 1995-1996:

“Global temperature” for December-January-February is not the same as March, but March is always warmer than December-January-February. So March 1996 must have been warmer than 59.7°F. Now, if every emission warms the planet, then March 2024 (57.9°F) should certainly have been warmer than March 1996 (59°F). But that does not appear to be the case. Something is clearly amiss with global temperature guesstimating.

Until next month, check out these additional great fact checks.

See you in June for the May Climate Fact Check!

Originally posted at, reposted 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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