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    The consecutive annual reports show pretty much the same growth rate between 1970 and [current year] ; the last three years have shown that the temperature flatlined, so could be said to not be increasing at all in the short term – and represent a complete falsehood.

    Looking at the overall picture though, Feinstein’s pronouncement is true. It may be useful to label mostly true, whilst highlighting a coverage margin of 1-2 years and an precision of +/- 2 “times” as factor?

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      Thank you for the input! I have changed it to mostly true to give a better overall picture.

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    Do you think on balance it is fair to label the Dianne Feinstein tweet on Lake Tahoe as false? Two out of three of the past three years show figures that back up her claim. Other fact-checking systems include labels such as “mostly/partially true” and a straight “False” could be said to give a misleading impression of the statement’s veracity.

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      It might indeed lead to the impression that the claim is completely untrue and unfounded. Therefor I’ve changed it to mostly true.

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    Since Senator Feinstein did not precisely mention any year in her tweet, I suggest categorizing this claim as ” mostly true” with reference for the previous years, BUT we should clearly show the change in rate for the last year.

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      She wrote her tweet in present tense: ‘Lake Tahoe is warming faster…’. Therefor you could argue that she is talking about the current year 2018. But I would not mind changing it to “mostly true”.

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    Great report! I’m curious about the used the mentioned temperature, it seems the report uses two kinds : average and surface temperature. which one we should consider to fact check the claim?

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      I found the clarification inside the report, please ignore my comment.

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