Oft-Repeated ‘Warmest Year on Record’ Claim is Erroneous, say Climate Scientists

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From The College Fix:

Recent stories from a variety of sources, including NASA, the Financial Times, and the New York Times report that Earth’s temperature reached a record high in 2016. The high frequency of these claims cast the matter as fact, and paint a grave picture of the problem.

Yet, professors who are experts in climate science say they believe that this headline may inspire hastily drawn conclusions. Moreover, the doom and gloom with which it is presented fails to put Earth’s temperature changes in context, say these climate scientists — considered by scholars who tout extreme global warming scenarios as climate skeptics.

“‘2016 was the warmest year on record’ implies that the earth has never been this warm…ever,” David Legates, associate professor of geography at the University of Delaware, told The College Fix via email. Legates blogs on “Desmog,” on which he attempts to “clear the PR pollution that clouds climate science.”