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  • Climate Science Once Again Twisted Beyond Recognition By Conservative Media

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    "Has a central tenant [sic] of global warming just collapsed?" That's the first sentence of a July 29 Fox News article about a recent study which shows nothing of the sort, demonstrating just how broken climate change coverage is at news outlets like Fox, where scientific illiteracy meets political slant.

    Last week, Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), one of the few climate scientists who think we don't need to worry much about global warming, published a paper purportedly challenging mainstream climate models that is both limited in scope and, by many accounts, flawed. After a Forbes column by James Taylor of the libertarian Heartland Institute misinterpreted the study and declared that it blows a "gaping hole in global warming alarmism," an avalanche of conservative media outlets, including Fox, followed suit:

    Christian Post: Scientist Says His Study May Disprove Global Warming

    Fox Nation: New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole in Global Warming Alarmism

    Investor's Business Daily: Junk Science Unravels

    FoxNews.com: Does NASA Data Show Global Warming Lost in Space?

  • Fox News Maligns Scientists With Baseless Accusation Of "Doctoring" Sea Level Data


    Following the lead of the Heartland Institute, Fox News trumpeted the utterly baseless claim that scientists at the University of Colorado are "doctoring" sea level data to "exaggerate the effects of global warming." In reality, the scientists used a standard and transparent procedure performed by other research groups around the world, and even the climate skeptic cited by Fox News objects to the implication that the group engaged in scientific wrongdoing.