Global Warming According to NASA

Global temperatures have warmed significantly since 1880, the beginning of what scientists call the “modern record.” At this time, the coverage provided by weather stations allowed for essentially global temperature data. As greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, industry and vehicles have increased, temperatures have climbed, most notably since the late 1970s. In this animation of temperature data from 1880-2011, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average. (Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Visualization credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

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  • I believe it.  We’re having a freakishly warm winter here in Michigan.  There’s hardly been any snow this season.  Temperatures have been mostly in the 30’s and low 40’s (in early January!).  I’m dreading the summer.

    • Mike Ward

      Alright, that proves it. Just remember though, the next time it’s freakishly cold in Michigan come back and let everyone know that global warming is over so we can relax.

      • It helps to remember there’s a big difference between weather and climate. Pointing out that Michigan is having an unusually mild winter (I live there too, and yes – it has been “freakishly warm”) is probably not the best way to go about proving climate change. Nor does an unusually cold winter in one isolated region prove wrong the overwhelming consensus among climatologists that climate change is happening.

        You have to look at the long-term trends and factor out other variables, such as El Nino/La Nina (I’m too lazy to figure out how to put that swirly thing above the “n”), volcanic activity, solar flares, etc.

        The irony is, most of the “natural phenomena” that affect global temperatures should have had a net cooling effect on the earth; there is no scientific way to account for the last 150 years or so of warming without factoring human activity into the equation. 

  • Shari

    Global warming deniers often exhibit an  irrational resentment toward  scientific facts with a belief that God has complete control over creation.   The facts of climate change are obviously in conflict with deeply held beliefs of some Christians.  
    I’ve had discussions with fellow Christians who view climate change/environmentalism as a religion-  the “worship of creation”.  Horrors!   In the list of idols – militarism, greed, money, power,  creation, one of these is not like the others.   It is encouraging that there are prominent Christians such as Cizik, Wallis, Bell who speak and write intelligently about our role in caring for the environment.

    • Mike Ward

      There’s a lot of conspiracism among extremists. It cuts in all directions. People who think 911 was an inside job have the same mindset for instance. I forget were I heard it but someone said they use the “reverse scientific method”.

  • Mike Ward

    The years it’s hot one sise says, “See, this proves global warming.” The years it’s cold the other side says, “See, this proves global warming is false.”

    You can post a graph that shows the increasing temperures since 1880 and say, “See it’s the industrial revolution.” Someone else can post a graph to show it’s been increasing since 1600 or that it’s be up an down for millions of years.

    All of this is completely meaningless. Understanding climate science is something that takes a lot of study and when people with limitted scientific knowledge cherry pick the data, they don’t impress anyone.

    Among climate scientist there is a consensus that the mean temperature of the earth is trending up. There is a near consensus that man made gases are at least partly responsible. Pointing this out is the best approach. Trying to prove something you really don’t understand only increases skepticism.

  • Kbjohns

    Which stats Kurt, these you choose to believe, or those produced by reputable Climate Scientists such as Dr Roy Spencer at UAH. You should be careful when connecting issues with Christians… you may end up very disappointed in who you find yourself allied with.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for posting this. Videos like this make it easier to understand the numbers scientists are talking about. All the red temps at the poles is scary. There’s enough water on Greenland and Antarctica to raise ocean levels 70m. We are headed for some serious problems.

  • Ian

    The term “global warming” has been mostly abandoned in favor of “climate change” for a reason people. And I too am confused about how a group of Christians who can be largely escapist are so threatened by the idea of climate change. And that somehow believing that climate change is happening is unbiblical is far beyond my understanding. Can someone more wise than me please tell me where in the Word it says that such a thing will never occur?

  • Mike Ward

    I noticed this morning that Mark Tooley is also talking about this subject this month (of course from a very different perspective.)

    I don’t think he ever claims that the earth is not getting warm, but Tooley is a smart guy and surely knows better.

    Probably not his best article, but interesting none-the-less.

  • I remember back in the 70s when the scientific consensus was that pollution was going to cause global cooling. 
    Oh yeah, and don’t forget back when the “ozone hole” was going to melt the polar ice caps and kill us all.  Then they figured out that the hole maybe had been there all along.Then came the litany of warming disaster predictions that have not come true.  I’ve heard those predictions upheld as just being “a little early…they’ll come”, and now “warming” is re-branded as “climate change” because the “warming” argument is falling apart.Was it last year or the year before that all this warming was going to cause a horrendous hurricane season, then it turned out to be a mild season?  Both ended up being held up as evidence of climate change.Climate change has become a very popular, non-disprovable hypothesis, which is supposed to mean that it’s not good science.And some of you that are commenting, please don’t refer to skeptics as “deniers” like we’re crazy people.  I have genuine reservations.Don’t get me wrong, I believe we do need to be good stewards of the earth.  Now I must go breathe out some more greenhouse gas.

    • Mike Ward

      I read somethng recently that said in the 70’s all the global cooling stuff was being promoted by the popular media, but the peer reviewed stuff already reflected the emerging concensus that the earth was warming.

      I don’t know of anyway to say if that is true or not, but it made me think of this: If the popular media was telling us the opposite of the truth in the 70’s can we believe them now?