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Climate Science Slipping?

In our article on Climategate, we cited overwhelming scientific consensus — represented in part by the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — pointing to a global rise in temperatures. But the IPCC’s credibility has been challenged since we wrote that article, with several situations coming to light in which the panel reproduced erroneous results from non-peer-reviewed literature.
Himalayan Glaciers: The IPCC’s 2007 Working Group II report misrepresented the melt rate of the Himalayan glaciers,

Dick Cheney vs. Joe Biden

Vice President Biden and former V.P. Cheney have been slugging it out publicly over the proper way to prosecute suspected terrorists. Biden went so far as to accuse Cheney of being “factually, substantively wrong.” So we took a look, and found both men have been straining the facts …

February 17, 2010

Six percent of married women in the U.S. had been married for at least 50 years, as of 2004.
Source: Census Bureau

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Feb. 9-Feb. 15

This week, readers sent us comments on government health coverage, chain e-mails and idealism about the press. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive.
Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

Obama at Columbia University

Q: Is it true that nobody remembers Obama attending Columbia University?
A: At least one of his classmates remembers him well, and the university proudly claims Obama.

February 16, 2010

Seventy percent of Americans aged 30 to 34 in 2008 were married or had been married in the past.
Source: Census Bureau

February 15, 2010

In 2008, 2.16 million marriages (nearly 6,000 a day) were performed in the U.S.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics/Census Bureau

February 14, 2010

Cut roses produced in the U.S. in 2008 had a wholesale value of $24 million (for all producers with at least $100,000 in sales).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

February 13, 2010

The most snow to fall in one day in Phoenix, Ariz., is one inch, which accumulated on Jan. 20, 1933, and again on Jan. 20, 1937.
Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

February 12, 2010

Nearly 187 inches of snow fell over seven days in Thompson Pass, Alaska, in Feb. 1953.
Source: National Climatic Data Center