Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Reference: Global warming data from NASA Goddard Institute, August, 2008
The NASA GISS publishes monthly mean global surface temperatures on its website. The most recent data available as of this writing is that for July, 2008. These data form the basis for the hypothesis put forward by climate activists that carbon dioxide emission from fossil fuels is causing the earth to become warmer. The mean monthly temperature for each month from January to July over an eleven year time span from 1998 to 2008 are shown in the graph included with this note. A cursory examination of this graph shows that there is no trend in these data that would indicate that the globe has been warming over these eleven years during which time more fossil fuel was consumed and more greenhouse gases emitted than in any other eleven year period in history. These data do not appear to support the Kyoto Protocol hypothesis that fossil fuel consumption increases global temperature.