Existential question of the day: How can Paul Hudson’s byline be “Climate correspondent, BBC News” when his ‘reporting‘ doesn’t correspond to the climate, which continues to warm?
It is tiresome debunking yet another poor researched article by a media outlet that has historically had a great deal of credibility [see "NYT's Revkin pushes global cooling myth (again!) and repeats outright misinformation"]. The BBC headline inanely asks “What happened to global warming?” Answer — it keeps on keepin’ on:
- Very warm 2008 makes this the hottest decade in recorded history by far, according to NASA
- Sorry deniers, Hadley Center and WMO say 2000s are easily the hottest decade in recorded history
And those posts were just projections from December 2008, before factoring in the record warming we’re seeing this year (see “NASA reports hottest June to September on record“). The figure above is from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The solid red line is the five-year mean, which is obviously a better view of the climate picture, as opposed to the highly variable annual data. NASA used the “January-September (9 months) mean” for the 2009 data point. The hottest year on record is 2005, and 2009 is likely to be close to the second hottest years of 2007 and 1998.
But Hudson is a Brit, so he (sort of) uses the data from the Met Office aka Hadley Center in his lede: