Has Earth been getting cooler since 1998?
Aren't all the planets in our solar system heating up because the sun is getting hotter?
Both questions are heavily circulated on the Internet. And the answer to both is, "No." But these ideas came from somewhere. People didn't just make them up out of whole cloth. In this video, Peter Hadfield—a science journalist who's worked for New Scientist and the BBC—digs into the sources behind two big climate myths and explains how simple misunderstandings end up creating false "facts", which spread because nobody goes back and looks at the original, peer-reviewed work.
You can check out Hadfield's entire series of videos on climate change—true skepticism at its best, in my opinion—on YouTube.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.