The rate of warming for the past year is far greater than even the most crazed alarmists predicted. We are all doomed!
From January 2008 to January 2009, the planet warmed a remarkable 0.37°C (see data here). This is 20 times (!) the annual rate of warming in recent decades and 20 times what most climate models have projected we should be experiencing.
Remember last year when denier sites were claiming that the (meaningless) temperature trend between January 2007 and January 2008 ‘wiped out a century of warming‘? Remember how they claimed that this was proof that we were experiencing massive global cooling, and that global warming was a sham? Well now one year later and with an similarly massive (but equally meaningless) drastic increase in temperatures (20 times greater than predicted!) surely we can expect stories from the usual sources on the immanent boiling of the worlds oceans. Maybe I wont hold my breath on this one.
The point is there never was “global cooling,” and it remains absurd that the media or anyone else, including the conservative blogosphere, ever pushed that storyline — especially if they aren’t prepared to write about the “re-accelerated” warming that inevitably follows such “cooling”