Saturday, January 9, 2010

Missing the Forest for the Trees

The usual suspects are reiterating the usual ignorant bunk about how recent cold weather, particularly in Europe, somehow disproves climate change. It's not true of course.

First, there is the tiresomely repeated fallacy of confusing weather with climate. We expect it to be cold in January; it's winter you know.

Second, some of the wingnuts just lie about it.

Third, it's not as if it's cold everywhere. When you look at the whole world, it's actually warmer than normal overall (via):

Finally, the trend is much clearer if you literally look at the 10,000-foot view. Temperature data in the layers just above the surface tell a pretty clear story. It's getting hot in here.

Then there is the change in atmospheric carbon and what it's doing to the oceans.
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