This year is rapidly drawing to a close with the ASMU satellite measured global average temperatures now plunging far below those of 2008 the closest year of this decade likely making 2011 the second coldest in the last ten years.
This year also continues the global warming temperature standstill that has occurred since 1998 despite the fact that according to EIA global, CO2 emission increases in the last ten years have more than tripled compared to CO2 increases occurring in the prior decade. Given the huge increases in world CO2 emissions the more than decade long outcome of global temperature standstill strongly supports that CO2 emissions are not controlling global temperatures or climate.
Satellite derived global temperatures are of far superior quality and reliability than land based temperature data. Land based measurements suffer from the intractable problems of systematic contamination of unknown amounts due to impacts of urbanization, land use change, station location changes, measurement changes, station discontinuities, etc. The recent non-peered reviewed best temperature study press release information fails completely to define let alone resolve these significant land based temperature measurement problems.
This year also marks the continuation since 2010 of declining global sea levels measured by satellite data evaluated by the University of Colorado in Boulder. Further the rate of sea level decline reflected by this data is increasing. This outcome completely unexpected by the alarmists and their supporters in the media is the antithesis of what the climate fear advocates flawed model exaggerations have projected about rising sea levels.
In 2008 the United Nations claimed that by 2010 there would be between 50 million to 200 million climate refugees from low lying areas of the Caribbean and Pacific due to rising sea levels. That never happened so the U.N. attempted to hide the fact it ever made such a claim by moving the end date for this preposterous projection to 2020.
Much of the main stream media have tried to portray the natural variation in weather events this year including tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, floods, etc. as being "extreme" as well as offering based on nothing but conjecture that man-made global warming is driving these events.
The number of tornadoes in the United States in 2011, according to NOAA, is many hundreds less than occurred in either 2004 or 2008, and the long term trend since the mid 1970's of fewer strong storms continues. The Atlantic hurricane season is drawing to a close with both the number and intensity of these storms occurring in 2011 being at the very low end of NOAA's pre-season forecast.
Further the measure of the total global cyclone energy remains at near 30 year low levels.
The USGS and NOAA have issued numerous studies this year refuting media reports of increased flooding, heat waves, etc. being related to climate change. These studies show that these events are part of the naturally occurring variability of global climate.
The Arctic sea ice summer minimum continues above the low level measured in 2007 and extremists’ predictions heavily promoted by the media at that time of an "iceless" Arctic by 2013 have been shown to be absurd. Further many scientifically peer reviewed studies have demonstrated that the Arctic sea ice extent is significantly impacted by a combination wind currents, ocean currents and soot deposition in addition to temperature variations.
The fact that the climate performance in 2011 has unfolded in ways completely contradicting climate fear alarmists conjecture is not surprising. Hidden in the IPCC's infamous 2007 AR4 report was the conclusion that because of the immense complexity involved in climate research and modeling that "the long term prediction of future climate states is not possible."
This key finding which has been largely ignored by much of the main stream media overwhelms and governs the perspective that must be applied to all climate projections. Our political leaders must respect this huge limitation when considering demands for imposing massive costs and controls on the lives our children and grandchildren based on biased climate alarmist conjecture.
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