Comment 126444

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 30, 2019 at 13:04:22 in reply to Comment 126426

I can't quite tell whether you are deliberately engaging the evidence in bad faith or are so dogmatic that you are just temperamentally incapable of seeing reality.

Temperatures fell? Globally? According to your experts? So much for trends.

You don't seem to understand what the word "trend" means, and really the fact that I have to explain this to you suggests that you would be better off not commenting too much more on an issue that you either don't understand or refuse to understand.

A warming trend does not mean that each consecutive year must be hotter than the year previous. It means that when you look over a period of years, there is a persistent tendency for temperatures to increase, not to meander around a flat average.

There are lots of factors that contribute to the global temperature at a given moment in time, but while some factors are cyclic (like the El Niño / La Niña cycle), greenhouse gas concentration is increasing year over year in a more or less linear fashion (not "exponentially", another word whose meaning you don't seem to understand based on your use of it).

2018 was not hotter than 2017, but it was hotter than every single year between 1890 and 2014. And the only reason it wasn't hotter than 2015-2017 is that they were abnormally hot even by the general warming trend, due to a confluence of cyclical factors that compounded the greenhouse effect.

Here's a chart using NOAA data of the annual global temperature anomaly from 1880 to 2018:

NOAA Global Temp Anomaly

Notice how the annual number moves up and down from year to year but the overall trend is unambiguously, unquestionably upward?

So seriously: if you're trolling, just stop. the world doesn't have time for any more science-denying BS.

But if you honestly think you're contributing something useful, please consider the possibility that you don't actually understand the science well enough to say anything sensible about it and go do some honest research before you write any more comments that make you sound like an idiot.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2019-04-30 13:48:15

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