New “evidence” for global cooling?

The climate change psuedo-sceptics/deniers/contrarians are at it again – claiming the earth is cooling. This time their “evidence” is the extent of ice in the Arctic ice cap. Of course they have to cherry pick the data. The MailOnLine (see Global cooling: Arctic ice caps grows by 60% against global warming...) declares:

“A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 60 per cent.”

And

“Some eminent scientists now believe the world is heading for a period of cooling that will not end until the middle of this century – a process that would expose computer forecasts of imminent catastrophic warming as dangerously misleading.”

You can “prove” anything with statistics, can’t you? Suitably cherry picked of course.

To save you the trouble of searching out the real situation for yourself Skeptical Science provides us with Arctic Escalator. This puts the MailOnLine “evidence” into context. (Animated gif – if it doesn’t work for you click to show the graphic.)

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They think like CEOs ... can't get past the quarterly numbers.  Thinking long-term is beyond their capacity.

Loren, good point. CEO's, dogmatic individuals and organizations, doctrinal thinkers, opinionated children, and bigots have a way of looking at evidence and seeing what isn't there.

It's like temperature and other climate/weather patterns, where there's short-term variability but also a long-term trend we shouldn't ignore. Ruth, you pointed out recently that this combination has been leading to more severe storms as the new "normal".

The animated graph really puts denialist cherrypicking in perspective!

Well put, Joan.

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