For the third year in a row, global warming will set a new record for hottest year in 2016.
For much of the ’00s and ’10s, climate deniers promoted the misleading soundbite that global warming had “paused” since the warming spike in 1998. Any truth there was to that was an artifact of short term fluctuations and not statistically significant when looking at the long term trend.
The days of that soundbite are long gone. Temperatures are now spiking well above anything on record.
We should note for now and all time that the deniers never had any credibility and we should never listen to anything they say ever again until they apologize for their mistakes.
(Graphic based on Dr. Kevin Cowtan’s temperature application)