Does Anyone Care

Those who measure atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are finding that in April their measurements show the highest ever readings. This seems to be reflected in global heat. February 2016 was the warmest month ever in 137 – years of record keeping. This is the tenth consecutive month that the monthly temperature record has been broken.  Continue reading

The Warmest Year

As far as we know (and we do not know very far) 2014 was the warmest year for England. Official records for the Met office began in 1910 and the Central England Temperature Records began in 1659 and 2014 is the warmest year on records, with a mean temperature of 9.9⁰ Celsius which comfortably beats the previous record set on 2006. Eight out of ten of the nation’s warmest years have occurred since 2002. Continue reading

Measuring Climate Change – the Warmest Year Ever Measured

You can measure things in different ways and sometimes you find that one way of measuring things can give misleading results, so you must review your measuring methodology and your results. It may sound obvious that some parts of the world have had their temperature measured more frequently and more accurately than other parts of the world. When we put temperatures that have been measured together to see how those measurements create a theory or support a theory if our measurements are incomplete we are likely to get imperfect results. Such has been the case with climate change measurements. Continue reading

Gambling with the planet

We are usually happy and impressed when records are broken, because breaking records usually shows us that humans have progressed. We can run faster, fly higher, or even eat more sausages – this is all a measure of progress, but as my geography teacher used to say, progress is merely putting one foot in front of another. Progress is about movement, not direction, so we should treat all record breaking and all progress carefully. Continue reading