The mildness of global warming

I don’t doubt any more than you do that the aver­age atmos­pher­ic tem­per­a­ture has jumped around a lot but over­all has risen a few tenths of a degree in the past cen­tu­ry or so. But when you see the change in con­text there’s just no basis for alarm, or for Aus­tralia to endorse the IPC­C’s implau­si­ble “run­away-feed­back” the­o­ry with the world’s largest car­bon-diox­ide tax.

Three decades of satel­lite mea­sure­ments show either zero or a 0.11 degree (cel­sius) increase over the aver­age of the past thir­ty years. This is, of course, less than NASA claims (0.58 C° increase over the whole of the 20th cen­tu­ry) because tem­per­a­tures have not risen at all in the past decade or so. But whichev­er num­ber you choose, the warm­ing that has tak­en place is mild and uncon­cern­ing. It also cre­ates rea­son­able doubt about the alleged cul­prit — CO2 con­cen­tra­tion in the atmos­phere — because that num­ber has been monot­o­n­i­cal­ly increas­ing for the past fifty years

Now the New Sci­en­tist — a sci­ence mag giv­en to breath­less alarmism — has at last pub­lished a graph that shows what it believes to be the “hottest year” of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry in con­text.

Graphic from the New Scientist
Earth blows hot and cold

Hmm… that tee­ny lit­tle tail (exag­ger­at­ed by the scal­ing of the graph­ic) is the cur­rent “alarm­ing” state of the cli­mate? What’s all the fuss?

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