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3 thoughts on “Northwest stayed warm in May; new graphics show long-term trends

  1. Thank you for the collection of recent climate change visualizations. As a regular viewer at Climate Central I had seen most of them individually but as a group they make a larger impact. The link to the Bloomberg graphic on natural and man-made causes is also a good summation.

    Too bad we don’t have a visualization of the GOP’s impact on the future’s climate. Their obstinate rejection of scientific authority is blocking serious climate mitigation both at home and abroad and could result in a measurable increase in the rate of global deterioration. My guess is their destructive behavior – including their nomination of Donald Trump – gives them a perverse sense of the power which comes from destruction.

    The IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5 does attempt to show the consequences of the “business as usual” increase of global greenhouse gas concentrations for the remainder of this century with a global temperature increase of about 4 degrees Celsius by 2100. How much of that increase will be due to our GOP’s obstinacy is not clear to me but I may turn out to be substantial.

    1. Greg,

      Thank you for the comment. People who are serious about learning the ins and outs of climate change can find plenty of resources to further their understanding. Future temperatures in 10, 20 or 50 years remain uncertain, both because of the limitations of climate models and because nobody can predict how much humans will do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But there is almost no uncertainty about the direction that temperatures will go based on the effects of rising greenhouse gases in the absence of countervailing forces.

      To understand the reference to Pathway 8.5, I recommend that people take a look at a chapter called “Making Sense of Climate Change Projections” (PDF 2 mb) in a report called “State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound.”

      For folks who would like to dig deeper into the research, I recommend either subscribing to “Science Daly” or visiting the site and searching on terms such as “climate change” or “ocean acidification” or even terms such as “global cooling” or “global warming skeptics.” Science Daly reports on all sorts of scientific studies using news releases from hundreds of universities and research organizations. One can track the information back to the original reports to view comments from various points of view.

  2. Gotta love the term “hotter”. They don’t want us to think that it might have been “warmer”, but really really toasty.

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