Hottest Year on Record? What Record?

by Greg Pollowitz

From The Hill:

Sen. John Kerry and other advocates for climate change legislation say data showing that 2010 was tied for the hottest year on record should prompt action.“How many times do we have to be smacked in the face with factual evidence before we address global climate change? Report after report keep confirming it’s getting worse every year,” Kerry (D-Mass.) said in a statement Wednesday.Kerry added: “Will we find common ground and adult leadership or keep piling the science on a shelf to collect dust?”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, citing temperature data that date back to 1880, reported Wednesday that last year was tied with 2005 as the warmest on record.

Sure, if your record begins as the globe was emerging from the Little Ice Age. ICYMI, Brian Bolduc highlighted Don Easterbrook’s useful assessment of this claim back in December:

Only 9,098 Of Last 10,500 Years Warmer Than 2010