It's not climate's the confusion

It's enough to drive you to drink.  Thank God that I don't!  I drink water when I get mad. On one hand, we get a story that 2015 was the warmest in 135 years or since records were kept.  Isn't it a bit misleading to say warmest ever? What happened to the world before 1881?  Don't we teach history from that period? On the other hand, we see a story today that maybe it's not so, according to Patrick J. Michaels: Surface temperatures are indeed increasing slightly: They’ve been going up, in fits and starts, for more than 150 years, or since a miserably cold and pestilential period known as the Little Ice Age.  Before carbon dioxide from economic activity could have warmed us up, temperatures rose three-quarters of a degree Fahrenheit between 1910 and World War II.  They then cooled down a bit, only to warm again from the mid-1970s to the late ’90s, about the same amount as earlier in the century. Again,...(Read Full Post)