The inconvenient truth is that global temperatures are slightly down over the last 10 years.
Take a look at this graph:
I linked to this global temperature data and a shocked friend of mine asked, “what about the melting polar ice?” He is correct that the ice cover in the Arctic is down. But it turns out the ice cover in the Antarctic is way up, and that the global ice cover is about where it was in 1980. Read on for the proof.
As I said, Arctic ice is down.
But Antarctic ice is up.
Overall, global ice is where it was in 1980.
How could this be? Why are people so alarmed about global warming?
Well, it is true that the Earth is warmer than it was 40 years ago. If you look at the overall temperature trend, temperatures are definitely up.
But temperatures have stabilized since 1998.
Why is this? Well, it turns out this is very puzzling for climate scientists. The Earth’s climate appears to be extremely complex. The sun plays a huge role, as does the amount of cloud cover. Human beings definitely are affecting global temperatures. Cities built out of concrete generate a lot of heat. But it is safe to say that the affects of CO2 on temperatures have been greatly exaggerated. The heated (pun intentional) predictions of the last 25 years or so have been proven laughably wrong (just as many of us said they would be).
Here was one prediction from the 1980s.
You can begin to see why so many people have stopped taking the alarmists seriously. You can only cry wolf so many times until people stop listening.