“NO GLOBAL WARMING,” shouts Internet. Reality: April 2016 was the Hottest April on Record
“THERE IS NO “GLOBAL WARMING”! Even the idiots who invented that notion had to drop that name because THRE IS NO GLOBAL WARMING.”
So declares the pseudonymous JD777 in an online response to a policy statement by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on policies to combat atmospheric carbon dioxide. More prominently, Donald Trump declares that global warming is a “bullshit” idea “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
It’s a free country: Donald Trump and JD777 can make claims all they like. If you care about actual observations, you’re also free to fact-check, to access actual scientific data on the subject. Over the weekend, new data released by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies indicate that across the globe, April 2016 was the hottest April in the 136-year NASA record. The following are the hottest warmest Aprils for the globe in that record:
|#4: 2007 (tied)|
And here are the ten coolest Aprils for the globe in that record:
There’s a pattern, and it isn’t “NO GLOBAL WARMING.”
Just in case you think I’m cherrypicking only the most extreme years to prove my point, let’s look at all the global temperature levels for the month of April across all the years in the NASA dataset:
And just in case you think I’m cherrypicking months, I invite you to check the dataset for yourself. You’ll find that for the entire globe March 2016 was the hottest March on record, that February 2016 was the hottest February on record, that January 2016 was the hottest January on record, and that the year 2015 was the hottest year on record. 2016 is quickly shaping up to be the newest hottest year on record.
Finally, let’s go back to JD777, who claims that scientists stopped using the phrase “global warming.” Again, let’s take advantage of our freedom to fact-check that claim. A quick check of scientific abstracts shows that so far in the year 2016, roughly 18,000 articles have been published using the phrase “global warming.” JD777 is wrong again.