The Hottest Years On Record

 The Hottest Years On Record

Met Office Hadley Centre

Rank

Year

NOAA National Climatic Data Centre

Rank

Year

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Rank

Year

1

1998

1

2010

1

2010

2

2010

1

2005

1

2005

3

2005

3

1998

3

2007

4

2003

4

2003

4

2009

5

2002

5

2002

5

2002

6

2009

6

2006

6

1998

7

2004

7

2009

7

2006

8

2006

8

2007

8

2003

9

2007

9

2004

9

2004

10

2001

10

2001

10

2001

 

In October the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii published its CO2 data for 2010. It showed that our massive increasing population and their compulsion to devour the earths resources, is making the atmosphere richer in Carbon.

Some people are well aware of the implications of this, but many ignore the realities of climate change. It was telling that when the news was released, many news organisations, including the BBC, sited that CO2 had risen to “record levels since pre-industrial time”. A clearer way to explain the rising levels of CO2 would have been to say that CO2 was at its highest concentration for 650,000 years. Why is reporting of climate change so poor? Forecasts of a “Siberian freeze” that never happens get front page headlines in the Daily Express, yet a continued increase in CO2 and record global temperatures in 2010 doesn’t even make the front page.

Charles Keeling has been tracking CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere, at the summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, since 1958. He and others have also used proxy measurements of tree rings, ice cores, boron and carbon isotope ratios to estimate the CO2 and climate going back millions of years. So if the CO2 measured in Mauna Loa since 1958 is rising year on year, why are temperatures not rising every year.

Some climate “contrarians” have suggested that global warming stopped in 1998. In reality, nothing is further from the truth because global temperatures have continued to rise steadily, decade by decade. It’s not important whether 2010, 2005 or 1998 was the hottest year on record. It is the underlying trend that is important. The evidence of this is the continued melting of the very high mountain glaciers, high mountain glaciers are devoid of weather, so they are a real measure of climate.

From the Rocky Mountain glaciers in the USA to the Alps and the Pyrenees mountain ranges in Europe, their glaciers are continuing to melt, even when the climate records show a period of cooler global temperatures. The level of the worlds oceans, as recorded by NASA, are still getting higher. So when the news media report of cooler global temperatures, they are clearly in error.

Across the country, belief in man-made global warming, and passion about doing something to arrest climate change, is not what it was five years or so ago. However, there is progress; in Australia the Government has just passed a carbon tax bill that will see a price on carbon emissions as the law of the land. Australia has spent more than a decade debating the issue and years of bitter debate and division. Ironically, it was probably weather was the deciding factor, not climate. In 2009, the Black Saturday bushfires erupted after a period of record hot and dry weather resulting in the loss of over 210 lives and the destruction of 1830 homes. What will it take to wake up the politicians and the people in the United Kingdom to the perils of climate change?

 http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/12/climate_change

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