Ho hum. Another month of record global highs, but who cares?

NASAGISS4-16And on and on it goes …

April of 2016 was the warmest April ever recorded, according to NASA data. In addition, the margin of increase over the previous April record was itself a record.

It is also the latest in a growing string of such records. March of 2016 had also been the warmest March ever recorded, and February the warmest February, and January the warmest January. In fact, each of the last seven months have been the warmest such months on record, according to NASA. (Its sister agency, NOAA, puts the string of consecutive warm-record months at 11.)

On an annual basis, 2015 had been the warmest year on record, easily surpassing 2014. And at this rate, 2016 will easily surpass 2015.

So I have a question:

Imagine for a moment that we could go back in time, say 16 years. In the year 2000, what would it have taken to convince climate deniers back then that they might be wrong, and that the overwhelming consensus of global scientists was actually correct?

Then as now, the deniers claimed that no heating trend existed. But what if you told them that you could prove they were wrong, that in fact over the following 15 years, we would see the 14 warmest years on record? Given the power of foresight, would they have found that reason enough to question their certainty?

dollsNo, of course not.  Because their faith is immune to data or fact.  It exists independent of reality, bolstered by fake fact. As noted earlier, they have wrapped themselves in a series of nested arguments, much like Russian dolls, in which the climate isn’t warming, and if it’s warming it isn’t warming a lot, and if it is warming a lot then it’s not our fault, and if it is our fault then it’s not going to be disastrous, and if it is disastrous then gee, it’s now too late to do anything about it.

Too bad, huh?

One of those nested arguments involves the question of agency.  Two or three years ago, the climate deniers were still trying to sell the notion of a “pause” in the heating, with some claims even being made that we had entered a period of cooling. Such arguments are more rare now.  In addition to record heat, the Arctic ice shelf has diminished to such an extent that the once-mythical “Northwest Passage” through the Arctic Ocean from the Atlantic to the Pacific is now so free that cruise ships are making the trip. The Great Barrier Reef is dying from excess heat. The rate of sea-level rise has almost doubled.

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A screenshot taken at Breitbart.com, shortly after NASA’s release of data demonstrating that global temperatures in April had hit record highs.

The heating is undeniable, so what IS causing it? Climate scientists have offered a complex, well-documented explanation for why the climate is warming so rapidly, backed by computer models and by actual on-the-ground observations.  Those who deny that mankind is responsible have offered no plausible counter-explanation, because none exists.

That is, unless you think it’s plausible that global scientists have entered into a secret conspiracy to fool the world. If so, you may also think that Ted Cruz’s father helped assassinate JFK, and I have the perfect presidential candidate for you.

 

 

 

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flfenn
flfenn

Stop with all the "global warming' nonsense. The sun is very slowly losing it's shine.  It is a ball of gas, slowly burning itself out.  The Earth will have an irreversible ice age as a long-term result.  We should all start investigating the plausibility of colonizing Venus. 

Fl0ydLiberal
Fl0ydLiberal

As pointed out below, the necessary mass migration out of the areas closest to bodies of water - as in most cities in the world - will make the Syrian migration seem tiny. And no one is handling that very effectively. Imagine all of New York moving to Pennsylvania and Miami and the rest of Florida  moving to Valdosta.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Late response.

 IMO one reason the climate change theory has not caught on is the idiot theories that immediately come out regardless of the forum.

I dunno. I think it's because nobody here is qualified to speak on the subject without relying on the opinion of others and the opinion of others depends on their funding source.

At best, there's a conflict of interest in more than one respect.



DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

About the author:

Jay Bookman generally writes about Donald Trump, global warming and gun control with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow. (not that time, space OR opportunity ever allow any such forays)

King_of_Kolob
King_of_Kolob

@DownInAlbany @JayBook Unfortunately we cannot have a civil debate when facts do not matter. When they have no valid premise, they resort to ad hominem attacks. And that goes all the way from voters up the chain to party leaders and the presumptive nominee.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

The entire rightwing rebuttal to climate science has been reduced to a primal scream of "LIBERAL!!!!"

td1234
td1234

@JayBook Not correct. The correct word would be "hyperbole". 

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

What aisle do they sell air conditioners in at Home Depot?

gotalife
gotalife

I appreciate the great minds in science sounding the alarm.

I appreciate the world's actions so far.

I believe the migrant issue is just starting.


No country for old cons with zero credibility.


Progress.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Breitbart. For when you really don't want to know what's going on.

BobtheBiker
BobtheBiker

When people who do the news, lie, this could be truth, and no one believes you. I remember something about crying wolf. Why anyone would buy a product advertised in the news is beyond me.


Also, it snowed last week. Besides, longer growing season: good. I sell air conditioners: good. 

BobtheBiker
BobtheBiker

Also, what happened to the millions that were supposed to die from Ebola? And the BILLIONS we borrowed for it??  Zike Freeka!!!

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JayBook @BobtheBiker 

Thank goodness there was some money left over, as Congress refuses to allocate enough money to combat the less sexy, but potentially more dangerous, Zika outbreak.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

Ummmm. The Republicans were the chicken littles in the Ebola scare. Us intelligent folks were not so worried. Because we believe in science.

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@BobtheBiker I think you're a bit confused, Bob.


It was liberals and scientists who argued that Ebola would NOT kill millions and could be contained. It was the conservative anti-science types such as yourself who were in full-scale panic, certain that we were all ABOUT TO DIE!!!!!!


The $1.8 billion budgeted for a four-year period to combat Ebola actually did what it was supposed to do.

someonesdad
someonesdad

Ho hum. Another far left, biased article from Jay Bookman, but who cares?

gotalife
gotalife

bretbart is still dead.


Politics is still for adults.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Whom to believe? 

Science, or breitbart... ? 

Breitbart, or science... ? 

Hmm...

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Nick_Danger Despite the claims from the Left, there is no big consensus among scientists on climate change.

There may be a consensus on the possibility, but it is not a certainty and how to fix it, if it exists, is even more controversial.

Just transferring money from one nation to another while this that and the other "leader" takes  a piece along the way, is not a fix.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

This topic hasn't generated the heat jay was hoping for. Dying from lack of "reign", it is. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@FIGMO2 IMO one reason the climate change theory has not caught on is the idiot theories that immediately come out regardless of the forum.

It's Obama stating Climate Change is a bigger enemy than ISIS.

It's the administration directing the Armed Forces to plan for Climate Change when the services don't have enough spare parts to keep aircraft in the air and cannibalization is routine.

It's the rabbid tree huggers saying Middle East turmoil is due to Climate Change.

It's basically the Left calling the Right nuts for not going along with their wealth transfer scheme.

Just to name a few.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

I read below where some of the Middle East turmoil is caused by climate change.

Really?

So, dictators, fanatic religious nuts, poor to no education, and idiot policies by conquering nations are not the real problems?

No, it's climate change.

Nuts, and No.  

rimsky
rimsky

Ms Figmo

Around Cambridge U a lot of researchers have started small high tech companies.  They feed off the research done in Universities funded by tax money.  That created a lot of high paying jobs.

We have our research Triangle park and others too.

This is possible because tax payers funded these Universities.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@rimsky

I am all for PRIVATE investors going for the GOLD without my tax dollars. I've never had a problem with funding education. Government subsidies for the likes of Solyndra, Tesla, and the like is not something I support.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Jefferson1776 @FIGMO2 @rimsky

I'm on record for opposing government subsidies of ANY any business other than small.

All are free to fail OR succeed without my money funding their endeavors. I wanna be able to pick and choose those worthy of my investment.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Jefferson1776 @FIGMO2 @rimsky 

Some folks have a lot of trouble distinguishing between "their money", and money belonging to others, such as the government. 

I always watch my wallet around those folks...

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

So, what sort of global tax needs to be implemented