Some Push Back Against Global Warming Denialists

The three charts below, from Discovery News, debunk the recent meme being circulated by right-wing entertainment outlets that global warming has stalled. The first chart shows how the scientific findings get cherry picked by the likes of Drudge, Limbaugh, and Fox Noise so that recent peaks in the data are lined up with recent troughs, and the other two highlight the actual broad trend.

With regard to the first chart, climate scientists call this way of cherry picking data, “Going down the up escalator.”

The second chart shows the more direct way to read the data trend:

The third chart demonstrates that, over the past 19 years, all the hottest years have come from the 1990s forward:


Of the third chart, Kieran Mulvaney of Discovery News states the following:

As can be seen, at first glance, the years seem to follow no discernible order: 2010, 2005, 1998, 2003, 2006. But the decades are color-coded, which shows that the vast majority of the hottest years are in this century, followed by the 1990s etc. As the Met Office pointed out in December 2009, “the first decade of this century has been, by far, the warmest decade on the instrumental record.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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