It’s official: 2014 the warmest year on record

2014

Globally, December 2014 was the warmest December on record, according to newly released data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

More ominously:

“The average combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–December 2014 was the highest on record among all years in the 135-year period of record.”

NASA, which conducts an analysis of the data separate from NOAA, reaches the same conclusion: 2014 was the hottest year in the meteoroligical record. NASA researchers also point out that the record was set in a year in which El Niño, a weather pattern in the Pacific that drives temperatures up, did not appear.

It’s important to point out that the second warmest year on record was 2010, which means the two hottest years on record have occurred within a five-year period. The third highest year was 2005, which means the three hottest years have occurred in the past decade. Every year since the turn of the century has been among the 20 warmest years on record, and the rate of observed warming greatly exceeds that of any naturally caused climate change going back tens of thousands of years.

The only scientifically plausible theory advanced to explain that warming is the growing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, gases released by human beings mainly through the burning of fossil fuels. Even the relative handful of scientists who remain skeptical of man-made climate change concede that they have no other theory to explain the ever-rising temperatures.

It’s also worth noting that a major new study published this week concludes that the oceans are rising much more quickly than in the past:

“The current sea level rise rate — which started in 1990 — is 2.5 times faster than it was from 1900 to 1990, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Scientists say that faster pace of sea level rise is from melting ice sheets in Greenland and West Antarctica and shrinking glaciers, triggered by man-made global warming.”

Fear not, however. The head of the House Science Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, dismisses such reports as the work of “global warming alarmists.” He’s a lawyer, so he ought to know. The chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, reassures us that it’s all a hoax launched by Hollywood liberals in conspiracy with scientists out to undermine capitalism. In fact, he believes man-made climate change is literally an impossibility because God would not allow it.

His proof is Genesis 8:22, in which God promises Noah after the flood that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night,” and he believes it’s “outrageous” for anyone to suggest God will break that promise.

So really, we have nothing to worry about.

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Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Well the packers tried to play a conservative game particularly, coming out in the second half trying to protect a 16 point lead and ended up losing. I hate Seattle but they came back and won. Congratulations Seahawks.

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@Recon2/3 Unbelievable comeback.  Was a good job by Wilson & co.


I like the Colts in this next game. You?

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

Great day on the iron horse!  Burned some cheap fuel and left my carbon boot print all over the  NGA mountains.  May have a redistributed some monies in the establishments as well.  


Hope y'all had a good day, too!

GaGirl53171875
GaGirl53171875

Now I know why there aren't a lot of right wingers on Jay's comment thread with their hateful name calling, their hate speak against blacks and poor people and their hatred of taking care of the Earth. You guys are all at church!

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

@GaGirl53171875 Jeepers!  Lots of "hate" in that comment.  Based on your comment it appears one needs to get some.   Honey, take a look in the mirror and, uhm, never mind, probably not what you wanted to see.

td1234
td1234

Allen West slaps the race hustlers once again. 


"Col. Allen West wrote about Al Sharpton’s response to the Oscars’ “all-white” nominees and his suggestion puts the “controversy” into proper perspective.

Sharpton said this:

The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets. I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.

The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history.

West, never shy about pushing back against black leaders such as Sharpton,pointed out that this is only the second time in the last twenty years that only white folks were nominated for best actor, actress or director.

He then concluded with this:

But I’ll tell you where there IS a clear pattern of racism. It’s in the NFL!

I did a quick review of the starting line-ups for the four playoff teams (Seahawks, Packers, Colts and Patriots) and 65 percent of those players are black. I’d say that’s a little lop-sided, wouldn’t you — considering blacks make up only around 14 percent of the U.S. population.

And don’t get me started on the racism in the NBA!

If you want to talk about no diversity in honoring excellence, look at the recipients of the Most Valuable Player awards over the last 58 years.

It’s shocking! Seventy-eight percent of all MVPs in history have been black! Boy, I’d say the NBA is way too black. We ought to hold an emergency meeting to discuss possible action against the NBA, right Al? I mean it’s simply not FAIR.

In the NBA, it’s like outer space Al — the higher you get, the darker it gets.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 

And I assume that everyone knows this, but just in case, 'Col' West was facing a court martial, and instead of facing the charges against him, chose to run.


He is a coward and a traitor, and quoted by this blogger only because he's a black guy who hates the President.  Lots of money to be made....

US_Patriot
US_Patriot

Ah, another beautiful day to get the iron horse out and leave my carbon boot print.  

Normd
Normd

I see that after all this time, some right wingers still do not understand the difference between weather and climate.  This is what is going to screw the earth and the human race.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

But, but but....it snowed at my house last winter.  PROOF that there is no such thing as global warming!

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@Wascatlady

Funny you should say that.  After the cold and snow we had last winter, Captain-Cliven-McVeigh was claiming exactly that - ie, cold, snowy weather as proof of "global cooling."

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@Captain-Obvious No need to apologize, Captain-Cliven-McVeigh.  Just take this right-wing propaganda and disappear.  The vast majority of us would be most appreciative if you just found another place to troll around at.  Good riddance, as they say.


PS: How's your pal and hero, Cliven Bundy.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@Captain-Obvious 


Anyone interested in facts should go check out the website. 


No information about the author or his qualifications, plus bragging about the people who reference it.  Organizations like the Heartland Institute, the John Birch Society, and the Media Research Center.


The site is worthless, likely funded by the Koch Brothers.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@Captain-Obvious 

Before estimating the worth of a scholarly article, one should always consider the reliability of the source in which it's published.  In this case, "Populartechnology.net" is simply a website created by an anonymous individual.  Its editorial board only lists first names, not surnames, and does not give the editors' qualifications. The "experts" cited are mostly associated with obscure universities all over the world, or peculiar-sounded foundations and many of them are actually complaining that they were not expressing any opinion at all on global warming....which is not the same as denying that global warming is occurring.

For all we know, you have created this website.

td1234
td1234

@Nobody_Knows  You do not have a clue. It does not matter what the writer believes or does not believe when using the Socratic method. I was taken your basic premise about Global warming and pointing out the hypocrisy of the progressive argument by turning the tables on the cause and affect relationship with the "great society". 


I should not expect anything more from someone that was grubered by the Obamacare debate. 

breckenridge
breckenridge

In his State of The Union address this week, President Obama will propose congress lower taxes on the middle class and close loopholes that the rich often use. A press release from the White House says Obama has a strategy that will “simplify our complex tax code, make it fairer by eliminating some of the biggest loopholes, and use the savings to responsibly pay for the investments we need to help middle class families get ahead and grow the economy.”

Not gonna happen, although it would be good for the middle class.  But this is basically political gamesmanship.

td1234
td1234

@breckenridge It is all Obama has left is gamesmanship. He knows the Republicans want to address real tax reform and all he is after is redistributing more wealth. 

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

Hopefully, for most on here the political barbs aren't thrown out in hate but instead in good humor.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

AJC had an article about this today. Even they felt the need to quote a scientist saying these readings were within the margin of error. Well, it was sourced to AP.

Anyway, I ain't giving up the ol' family truckster for some agenda driven apocalyptic prediction driven by an uncertain num.

Philo_Farnsworth
Philo_Farnsworth

And then the loons expand on the fuzzy num by saying it's all human caused.

Bwaahahahahahaha

JamVet
JamVet

...progressives in this very country are the cause of climate change with their progressive policies to pay the poor to have more children and to give free heathcare (sic) to prolong the lives of the poor.

And verily Republican Jesus said, "Screw the poor. Let them die in the gutters hungry, sick and alone, where they belong. As for the rich, the powerful and the always comfortable - now that's my crowd!"

td1234
td1234

@JamVet And exactly where did I say that? I think the point is you can not have it both ways and that the progressive philosophy is the cause of global warming so own it. 


Progressives created global warming by their policies so now they can either live with the consequences or endorse a different set of policies. 


Just because you do not want to face reality does not mean it does not exist. 

Recon2/3
Recon2/3

The Kooks are really wound up on this beautiful warm Winter Saturday that was once not so uncommon in the deep American South but has become unfortunately less common.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@Recon2/3 
I wasn't born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could!!

Bruno2
Bruno2

Lenin Time: But, again, you have only shown your ignorance here. Climate science is not a "nascent science", for the simple reason that what is at stake is not this or that science, but science per se. And modern science is anything but 'nascent'. It is robust and mature. And if you want to challenge it, you're going to need a little more than just the ignorant smirk of the vulgarian.

You know, LT, you might want to take a moment and delve into the website that Jay threw out yesterday, then come back and tell me exactly how "settled" climatology is.

http://www.climateanalytics.org/sites/default/files/attachments/publications/RiskShifts%20-%20Climate%20Analytics%20Briefing%20Note%202013-2%2020130927.pdf


The topic has to do with climate "sensitivity" to greenhouse gases.  On Page 5, the author states "This range in quantifications of what the ECS could be illustrates the deep uncertainty surrounding this issue. This uncertainty is not likely to disappear very soon, because of limited data availability required for constraining climate sensitivity and the chaotic processes ruling the internal variability of the climate system."

The bottom line is that climatology = computer modeling, modeling which is created by humans. In case you are unaware, computer modeling of many phenomena in our world remains inexact, e.g. economic forecasting. As such, it is completely reasonable, perhaps *most* reasonable, to remain skeptical of any definite conclusions at this point.

Does this mean we shouldn't be good stewards of the planet in the meantime??  Heck no.  There should be no disagreement on that point. But, let's back on off on insulting folks who hold different views on this less-than-settled question.

Squirrel_Whisperer
Squirrel_Whisperer

I was going to make my neighbor a pot of Boston baked beans, but with all the talk about methane gas, maybe I should re-think it...

td1234
td1234

People are the cause of climate change so then I submit that progressives in this very country are the cause of climate change with their progressive policies to pay the poor to have more children and to give free heathcare to prolong the lives of the poor. 

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234

with their progressive policies to pay the poor to have more children and to give free heathcare to prolong the lives of the poor

***

How awful it is, this idea that people should actually be entitled to live beyond the time in which they are useful for exploitation in generating profits for capitalists. Better to be rid of them altogether.

So what other foul and disgusting views do you have to share? 

Should we build new concentration camps for them with messages like 'Arbeit macht frei' for them? 

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime @td1234 That is a decision for the progressives. You can not have it both ways. If man is the cause of climate change then man must be controlled and what better way than to reduce the number of the non producers through social Darwinism. If you want the government to prolong nature by redistribution of wealth from producers to non producers then you can not whine about climate change. 


Which one do you really want? 

td1234
td1234

@Nobody_Knows When did I say I was for anything? Making glaring observations about the hypocrisy of the progressive movement is not in any way advocating for anything.  

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@td1234 @LeninTime


Who knew that td1234 was not only for abortion being legal but he is also an advocate?


In your own words "you can not have it both ways". 

td1234
td1234

@CommonSenseisntCommon Yes, change the subject and attack when confronted with the underlying truths of the progressive movement. 


How should I think anything different. 

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime @td1234 Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Dell, ... says your whole theory is bogus. 


The vast majority of wealth in this nation is earned by the current producer generation not inherited. Building wealth was way more to do with values, ethics, mores that to whom one is born.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 @LeninTime

The vast majority of wealth in this nation is earned by the current producer generation

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The 'producer generation'? 

LOL! 

Who the elll is THAT?  Lol.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 @LeninTime

If you want the government to prolong nature by redistribution of wealth from producers to non producers

***

The main redistribution of wealth that is going on now is from the producers (the workers) to the exploiters (the executives, the speculators, those well-positioned through birth or inherited wealth), so I really have no idea what you're even talking about.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 


"free healthcare to prolong the lives of the poor"


Have you even read the New Testament, Mr. 18 year Sunday School teacher?