Climate change is such a bore that I can scarcely be bothered to keep up with it any more, but now and then I try to check in. The latest news is that 2016 was the hottest year ever, well, that is the hottest year for which we have decent records, which is, at best, about 150 years. Seriously? Moreover, you have to dig past the breathless news reports to find that we broke the old record by—wait for it now—0.003 degrees C. (What was that you say about “margin of error”? Doesn’t count in climate change, don’t you know.)
2016, like the previous record year (1998) was a big El Nino year, so a temperature spike is to be expected. Now, if the temp record was .75 degrees hotter than 1998—given the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere in the nearly 2o years since 1998—then I’d be impressed. The fact that the biggest El Nino in 20 years put us on par with the previous record ought to be a minor crisis for the climatistas, not an occasion for another typical headline.
Likewise, last year’s El Nino was supposed to be a drought buster for us out here in California. But rainfall was only slightly above normal. El Nino has been replaced by La Nina, and so California was supposed to lapse back into severe drought conditions. Instead, we may be heading for an all-time record rain year. Maybe the climatistas don’t have this nailed down? Shhh: you’re not allowed to say that.
But we know that climate change is supposed to be bad, bad, bad already, right? Um, no one told the world’s farmers, according to reporting by Michael Bastasch:
2016’s Record Warmth Brought Record Crop Yields, Fewer Storms