In 2005, at the Montreal United Nations Climate Change Conference the director of the Greenpeace movement for Quebec said, "Global warming can mean colder, it can mean drier, it can mean wetter, that's what we're dealing with." The fact that not one of the 10,000 delegates at the conference called him on it is a damning indictment of the true political nature of the Climate Faithful's agenda.
Al Gore has been spouting off about a "planetary emergency" for so long now that Webster's has had to change its dictionary to provide a new definition for the word 'emergency'.
The IPCC has recently released a more dramatic appraisal of the danger the world is in but still doesn't go far enough for the politically charged activists driving the world's climate agenda.
Polar bear are disappearing. The polar ice caps are melting. Greenland is melting. Tuvalu, and other low lying islands, are being inundated. The snow atop Mt Kilimanjaro is melting. Lakes are disappearing. Glaciers are retreating.
The world is ending.
And it's all happening right now, before our very eyes, while we blissfully go about our business going to work, flying overseas, playing Xbox, watching TV, warming ourselves, cooling ourselves, washing ourselves, feeding ourselves, watering the garden and generally kicking back and relaxing with a beer.
Or is it?
In order to support the position that we really are in a "planetary emergency" - and I'll use the Al Gore term here, you can substitute your own expression - then we should see evidence in the temperature record? Right? Right.
The following table is from the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and lists the hottest temperatures ever recorded for each continent and the date upon which the record was set.
Have a look at the dates that the records were set. All bar one were set prior to 1950 and the last was set at Antarctica in 1974. Surely, it's reasonable to expect that a temperature record would be set somewhere in the world in the last 30 years given that's the period of supposed rapid increase in CO2 output and average global temperatures, as 'demonstrated' by the infamous Hockey Stick?
I've marked the period in which most of the high temperature records have been set in the following Hockey Stick graph:
Now check out a table of the coldest temperatures ever recorded. The lowest in Europe is measured in Russia but the date was unknown so the next lowest, from Sweden, is also listed.
Compare the dates that low temperature records were set for each continent with the high temperature table.
With the exception of Asia, and possibly Europe, all the records for low temperatures were set after the high record.
So I say phooey to the Climate Faithful.
If we're really in a "planetary emergency" then we should at least have seen the odd record temperature set over the last 30 years.