One thing that gets my goat is when mainstream media such as the Wall Street Journal (US), Daily Mail (UK), The Australian, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), and The Herald Sun (Melbourne) publish false, misleading, and misinformation about climate change, that is readily debunked by scientists that actually study climatology. What is the one thing they all have in common? They are all owned by NewsCorp (which is no surprise to some of us).
Anyway, one good site that does a fine job at debunking the climate denialist myths and this recent attempt at political propaganda is Skeptical Science. They published the debunking of the WSJ article not long after publication, and is an enlightening read that tells the real story about the current trend of climate change. Have a read, it is enlightening stuff, and has all the information you need to shoot down that brainwashed oddball at the next dinner party.
So the basis of the latest round of misinformation is that the planet has not warmed in the last xx years (insert your choice of timeline as this often changes). Well, unfortunately for us as a species, I am afraid it has. Last year was the ninth warmest year on record (according to NASA), and the warmest La Niña, which usually brings cooler weather, yet recorded. The past decade (2000-2009) was the warmest on record. Currently, nine of the ten hottest years have occurred since 2000. Meanwhile the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is a hundred ppm (parts per million) higher than it was in 1880, hitting 390 ppm.
If you are not yet convinced, this NASA video that shows a time lapse video from 1880 to 2011 of the global temperature anomaly during those years.
Note: On the map, blues represent temperatures lower than baseline averages, while reds indicate temperatures higher than the average. As the 131 years pass, the map turns from bluish-white to increasingly yellow and red. Caused by the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, agricultural practices, and other human impacts, climate change has currently raised temperatures 0.8 degrees Celsius (1.44 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the Industrial Revolution average.
Pretty much black and white as far as I am concerned. Emotions, greed, ideologies, and politics should never enter into this debate, especially with the fate of the human race at stake. Time for action is running out fast.