January is the warmest month

Those who doubt that the climate is warming are using the confusion over the data records at the University of East Anglia to fuel their doubt. There is a tendency for people to pick and choose the data that they like best. It is a bit like a golfer reviewing his most recent round to decide how good he is. He might pick out the best bits while assigning the bad bits to “rub of the green” or simply bad luck with a whole host of “what if”.  He would then reach the conclusion that he is a better player than his handicap show. There is no problem with self delusion when it comes to golf, a game that you play for pleasure at your own expense, but when t comes to science and planning the safety of future generations, self delusion is a dangerous thing. Continue reading