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1. Senator Sanders’ claim that climate change is making tornadoes worse isn’t supported by published research
2. President Trump’s claim that water supply policy has worsened California wildfires is baseless
3. Guardian story on climate impacts of diet gets mixed reviews from scientists
4. Claim that human civilization could end in 30 years is speculative, not supported with evidence
5. It’s true that the current carbon dioxide level is higher than any time in human existence
6. Breitbart article baselessly claims a study of past climate invalidates human-caused climate change
7. Article wrongly claims that measles vaccine claims more lives than measles infection, misinterprets epidemiological data
8. Measles outbreak in US due to unvaccinated citizens, not illegal immigrants
9. New Scientist article accurately summarises polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) research but overstates significance of animal studies
10. Article claiming vaccines cause autoimmunity and autism due to fetal DNA contaminants found unsupported and implausible