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Sep. 18, 2011

Your climate change questions answered

by Neil Wagner

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Paul asks:
Why do people say the climate is warming when I’ve read the world has actually been getting cooler since 1998?

Answer:
People who make that statement have targeted 1998 because it is the warmest year in history. In that sense, the years after that were cooler by comparison. But that concept misses the bigger point: the overall trend of the Earth’s average temperature increasing has been continuing. And, in fact, 1998 can’t even be singled out any longer because 2010 has now tied it for hottest year on record. The NOAA says 2010 was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average.

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About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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