If one more idiot tells me it hasn’t warmed over the past sixteen years…….. I’ll just scream! When you participate in debates on the Drum over climate change, you can unearth the most bizarre myths that an unbelievable number of people actually believe……. or maybe they just need to believe it, because the truth is just too hard to deal with.
One such persistent myth that has emerged in the mainstream media is that the Earth has been cooling for the past 16 years…. This has been the favorite climate contrarian myth of 2012, first invented by David Rose at The Mail on Sunday with an assist from Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry, both of whom later doubled-down on the myth after it was debunked. Despite these repeated debunkings, the myth spread throughout the media in various opinion editorials and stunts throughout 2012. The latest incarnations include this article at the Daily Mail, and a misleadingly headlined piece at the Telegraph.
As a simple illustration of where the myth goes wrong, the following video clarifies how the interplay of natural and human factors have affected the short-term temperature trends, and demonstrates that underneath the short-term noise, the long-term human-caused global warming trend remains as strong as ever.
As if we didn’t know that in Australia…. the BOM has even had to add new colours to temperature charts (above) as they commonly top 50 degrees…