getting cooler but warmest ever

The recent reports about how the last decade is the warmest on record seem at odds with the assertions of some that temperatures are cooling. Randall Hoven explains how both assertions might be true.

If you are on a long walk and have just gone over the highest point in elevation on your trek, your most recent steps will be at the highest elevation of your walk. But once you’ve crested that peak, it is downhill from there. That’s the idea. You could be at or near the highest point, but be going downhill.

Hoven’s article provides a good rundown showing why climate issues are not settled and why there is, and probably should be, a lot of leeway in how measures and phenomena are interpreted.

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