Yes, the last decade saw global cooling, not warming

Discussion in 'Politics' started by bugscoe, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Yes, the last decade saw global cooling, not warming
    Don Easterbrook
    December 12, 2009

    The decade of 2000 to 2009 appears to be the warmest one in the modern record, the World Meteorological Organization reported in a new analysis on Tuesday. Does that mean that the past decade hasn't been cooling?

    No-of course not. Comparison of the red line in Fig. 1 with pre-1998 decades shows that the past decade is warmer, but the blue line shows cooling during the past decade-although the decade is warmer than previous decades, the climate did cool during the decade.


    Figure 1. Atmospheric temperatures 1900 to 2009. The blue line shows global cooling for the past decade; the red line shows the length of the decade.

    Thus, the claim that this proves no global cooling during the past decade is totally false. This is a difficult concept for non-scientists (and apparently some scientists!) to grasp. An analogy would be riding a bicycle up a long hill for a century, going over the crest of the hill and coasting downhill for a decade. Even though you have been going downhill for a decade, you are still higher up the hill than previous decades.
  2. The last decade is an unexplained anomoly that should be ignored because Al Gore says so.
  3. How much did Big Oil pay for this article?
  4. Hard to say -- probably a lot given that if you spend 10 seconds googling the NASA global temperature averages it's obvious that the last decade has warmed up.

    But then, looking at the childish graph perhaps the oil industry didn't pay enough.
  5. Are you fan of science or just the gullible type?
  6. Ricter


    Big Oil would not pay for that chart because it admits to a century of warming. That's the start down a slippery slope which would include an inquiry into the prime movers of warming.
  7. One of us is. GISTEMP doesn't control what gets into the GHCN data in the first place. The GIS team has corrected errors many times before (all without a material change in the results) at

    The fact that you worked so hard to believe a wordpress blog rather than NASA says that you want to believe something is true at any cost.
  8. I don't think Crayola would pay for that chart.

    (And notice it's not a graph of temperature, but of the temperature deviation from the average -- so any positive amount is an increase in temperature for that year.)
  9. dsq


    Nobody but wackos would make such a dumb statement.Grasping at straws so resorting to laughable claims.Every legit scientific study has shown increases in temps.
  10. Is it too much to ask that the believers in anthropocentric global warming bear the costs of their proposed solutions?
    #10     Dec 12, 2009