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Anyone younger than 28 years old has never experienced a cooler-than-average month on earth

Andrew Freedman writes (with my emphasis):

Global warming has accelerated during the past three decades, which have each been unusually warm. In fact, the most recent decade from 2001-2010 was the warmest since instrumental records began in 1850, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

While the rate of global warming has slowed in the past several years, possibly due to natural climate variability, the long-term temperature trend clearly shows that weโ€™re living on a warming planet…

When you look more closely at the annual temperature record, you can see how the long-term warming trend โ€” for the most part caused by human activities โ€” is manifesting itself along with shorter-term natural variability in the climate system. Each of the past 27 years has been warmer than average (based on the average from 1961-1990). In fact, according to NOAAโ€™s data set, each month for more than 28 years has had a global average temperature that was above the 20th century average, meaning that anyone younger than 28 years old has never experienced a cooler-than-average month on earth

This … is based on data from the three major climate centers. For each data set, we calculated what the temperature anomaly was in degrees Fahrenheit relative to the 1961-1990 baseline, and then averaged the anomalies of all three data sets.

Read his full piece and see the details of the data here.

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