Monday, January 07, 2008

No warming in the last decade?

Br-r-r! Where did global warming go? Boston Globe
"THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. "2007 to be 'warmest on record,' " BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government's Meteorological Office, the story announced that "the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007," surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998. But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold....Given the number of worldwide cold events, it is no surprise that 2007 didn't turn out to be the warmest ever. In fact, 2007's global temperature was essentially the same as that in 2006 - and 2005, and 2004, and every year back to 2001. The record set in 1998 has not been surpassed. For nearly a decade now, there has been no global warming. Even though atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to accumulate - it's up about 4 percent since 1998 - the global mean temperature has remained flat. That raises some obvious questions about the theory that CO2 is the cause of climate change."

2 comments:

cmlnmbs said...

Thanks for this post Mike! I've been hoping that everyone will be able to wade through the media-hype and start looking more closely at "global warming". As how you can view all issues that affect us, "global warming" is all relative... from which perspective should we look at it? By zooming into an image too much, you only see pixels.

Mike said...

Great analogy. Everyone seems to think that if the temp is above normal or anything unusual happens, it must be due to global warming. Any one spot is like a grain of sand compared to the whole Earth....