Cold Comfort: 2010 Ties for Warmest Year on Record

Both NASA and NOAA recently announced that global temperatures in 2010 tied those in 2005 to make both the warmest years on record.  It also means that the aughts started off the millennium with 9 of the 10 warmest years on record.

For those who would claim that having the second consecutive cold winter in the US  refutes all the evidence to the contrary that the globe is warming, here’s what Daniel Weiss of the Center for American Progress has to say:

Hopefully, this new data will finally convince congressional climate-science deniers that global warming is real and that action is urgent. To reject this latest evidence is like ignoring strange spots on a chest X-ray and continuing to smoke.

And as my colleague Rob S. posted last month, the consequences of global warming are not uniformly higher temperatures across the globe, but are likely to be more extremes at both ends (just with more extremes at the high end).

Maybe this news will make those at the Locke Foundation reconsider their ill-advised challenge to new EPA rules regulating the emission of carbon emissions in North Carolina.

8 Comments

  1. JeffS

    January 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    How convenient/sad is it that global warming will allow oil companies to eventually drill in what has previously been frozen tundra.

    When the largest corporation in the world has a financial interest in negative climate change, you definitely have an uphill battle to change anything.

  2. Adam Linker

    January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    But it snowed. Remember, snow always disproves global warming.

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  5. bruce

    January 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

  6. bruce

    January 18, 2011 at 8:11 am

  7. Jeff Shaw

    January 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Sea levels are rising despite year-to-year variance. To claim otherwise means someone has cherry-picked the data.

    http://www.skepticalscience.com/sea-level-rise.htm

    Warming is uneven in places due to a variety of factors — natural and human-made. For instance, pollutants like sulfur dioxide (SO2), which has a cooling effect, can skew the results in industrialized countries.

    This is why scientists measure the global temperature, not just the temperatures in Dubuque, Iowa, or Luxembourg.

    On balance, the globe is getting much warmer. No one really disputes this.

  8. Tom

    January 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Isn’t it obvious by now? All bad weather is the result of mankind’s activities, but things will improve soon after the U.S. transfers what’s left of its economy to the developing world.