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The Climate Change story in one image

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The online climate change debate is an exhausting place to navigate: From doomsday-preppers to conservative-ostriches all fighting for a few seconds of attention. Here is my contribution to global warming today:

The climate change story in one image


In this post I thought I'd just look at the power of data visualisation in telling the story about global warming, or trying to obfuscate that story with exactly the same data. I made the above chart using the same dataset as the below chart which is a visualisation of global temperature data often linked to by skeptics. These charts are created from the exact same published data set called UAH LT v6 (See bottom of post for additional details).


In the context of the climate change skeptic viewpoint I have often seen this chart used to flag that 2016 is within statistical margin of error no warmer than 1998 and that December 2016 was cold and thus "There is no warming trend!"

While the chart shows the published data it uses at …