New Global Warming Video: Trend and Fluctuation

I’ve posted another YouTube video about global warming. I think it’s better paced, and I’ve improved the quality of the video. I’m still learning of course, but I think I’m getting better at this.

And I think this is very important. You already know I regard the issue as important. I also agree with Neil deGrasse Tyson, that if we want a better government (everywhere, not just in the U.S.) we need a better-educated voting public. That’s why I’m working hard to give both readers and viewers the tools that will help them understand the choices we face and the consequences.

You can view it here, and you can view it below.



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9 responses to “New Global Warming Video: Trend and Fluctuation

  1. I agree, you are getting better at this! Would you like to take on the question of where all this data comes from? How can we, why should we, trust that the data you are analysing are reliable?

    [Response: You can start here. It might make a good video.

    A far more important question is: why do some people suspect that the data are *not* reliable? Seems to me, the reason is that deniers have worked so hard to discredit it because they don’t like what it says.]

    • Just read the story of the Berkeley Earth project. Here was someone who was extremely skeptical about the temperature record, so he actually did something about it. He built his own. And when he’d finished, doing it very differently to the other climate scientists, he got… exactly what they got.

  2. It isn’t original with the greatly admired Mr Tyson, nor (I think) is it really original with Thomas Jefferson who also expressed the sentiment. An uninformed society cannot actually support ANY form of government “by the people”. Which may explain the long-standing hostility to good public education/efforts to privatize education, from certain parts of our society.

    No winner we can see from New Zealand (where I am), but the losers in the USA are pretty clearly defined.

  3. I’m really enjoying these. Is that really you doing the voiceover, Mr T? It’s very professional but not at all as I imagined you vocally. I was expecting George C Scott, but you very much remind me of Mr Peabody explaining a point of history to Sherman just before they climb into the Wayback machine.

    And I was a huge fan of Mr Peabody so that is not meant as criticism. :)

    [Response: Yes, it’s really me. I’ll take it as a compliment (I liked Mr. Peabody too).]

  4. ??
    http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms13428

    [Response: I’ll be posting about that soon.]

    • Interesting. I’ll eagerly await the post. However, even if everything in that paper is taken at face value, as they themselves note:

      The slowdown in global warming is expected to be temporary however and may already have ended with the strong El Niño Southern Oscillation of 2015 and 2016, with subsequent consequences for the growth rate of atmospheric CO2. The likely continuation of warming in the coming decades suggests further future increases in net carbon releases.

  5. Excellent, as usual. I’m a climate scientist who recently went back to school to get my phd and doing similar types of analysis albeit on sea-level rise, storms, and coastal flooding. Just understanding the potential existence of an underlying trend is extremely critical yet something that many students and professionals alike have a hard time deciphering…especially those that are not completely comfortable with statistics. Have you made any videos that look at real data and try to determine if a trend exists? I know you have several blog posts that focus on this….I’m just thinking of something simple I can share with the non-statistically literate but knowledgeable about that topic. Thank you for helping to educate, well….everyone.

    [Response: Good idea.]

    “Keep your eye on the man, not on the dog.”

    [Response: Also a good idea.]

  6. Hey, if sea level is going up, how come sea level went *down* two feet in just a couple of hours the other day? (“You can’t explain that!”)

    • Suffices to show that ‘average’ is a meaningless concept. Somewhere out of sight sea level went up 3’…