The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest decade recorded since modern measurements began around 1850. It saw above-average precipitation, including one year – 2010 – that broke all previous records. It was also marked by dramatic climate and weather extremes such as the European heatwave of 2003, the 2010 floods in Pakistan, hurricane Katrina in the United States of America (USA), cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and long-term droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa.
Just kidding. The above is the opening paragraph of the foreword to The Global Climate 2001-2010: a decade of climate extremes - Summary Report from the WMO. Compare it to Anthony's headline:
While climate scientists believe that it is not yet possible to attribute individual extremes to climate change, they increasingly conclude that many recent events would have occurred in a different way – or would not have occurred at all – in the absence of climate change. For example, the likelihood of the 2003 European occurring was probably substantially increased by rising global temperatures.
Later in his own article Anthony quotes the 2000% increase in deaths from heatwaves in the last decade. I guess he's got to keep reassuring his scared readers that there's "nothing to worry about, she'll be right, mate."
Here is Anthony's opening paragraph, very different in tone to that of the WMO report and with some silly complaints, like having bar graphs instead of trend lines:
They say more complete datasets are needed. They also fail to mention “the pause” of global temperature during the decade of study, using only bar graphs to illustrate temperatures instead of trend lines, while at the same time state that “A decade is the minimum possible timeframe for detecting temperature changes.” They also mention “it is not yet possible to attribute individual extremes to climate change,” and they hint that “some may have occurred in a different way – or would not have occurred at all”, which is just political lip service, and no evidence is cited.
Anthony doesn't like this chart, because it hasn't got trendlines, so he can't tell which direction the surface temperature is heading. I'll bet you can:
The above chart is a clear illustration of what's happening to the global surface temperature. I found the following chart interesting, particularly the bottom panel showing 24 hour precipitation, which I haven't seen before:
|Figure 4: Absolute country records of the daily maximum and minimum temperature and|
24-hour total precipitation in the last five decades (source: WMO survey)
To be fair, Anthony did quote the following from the report. I've coloured in blue the bits Anthony highlighted for his readers. Compare what he emphasises to the rest of the passage:
...it is worth noting the very large increase (more than 2,000 per cent) in the loss of life from heatwaves, particularly during the unprecedented extreme heat events that affected Europe in the summer of 2003 and the Russian Federation in the summer of 2010. On the other hand, there were fewer deaths due to storms and floods in 2001–2010 compared to 1991–2000, with decreases of 16 per cent and 43 per cent, respectively, thanks, in good part, to better early warning systems and increased preparedness.
There were fewer deaths, even while exposure to extreme events increased as populations grew and more people were living in disaster-prone areas. According to the 2011 Global Assessment Report, the average population exposed to flooding every year increased by 114 per cent globally between 1970 and 2010, a period in which the world’s population increased by 87 per cent from 3.7 billion to 6.9 billion. The number of people exposed to severe storms almost tripled in cyclone-prone areas, increasing by 192 per cent, in the same period.
While the risk of death and injury from storms and floods declined, the vulnerability of property increased. This is because the expansion of socio-economic and infrastructural assets led to an increase in the amount and value of property exposed to weather and climate extremes.
...No clear trend has been found in tropical cyclones and extra-tropical storms at the global level. More complete datasets will be needed in order to perform robust analyses of trends in the frequency and intensity of these hazards. Distinguishing between natural climate variability and human-induced climate change will also require datasets that are more complete and long-term. A decade is the minimum possible timeframe for detecting temperature changes.
Interesting to see what a fake skeptic wants his readers to take note of, isn't it.
Australia rated more than one mention in the WMO report, with a fact I wasn't aware of. Not the temperature itself (I was nearby and noticed), but the particular record it broke: "During summer 2009, Victoria reached its highest temperature with 48.8˚C at Hopetown, the highest temperature ever recorded so far south anywhere in the world."
I'll just add one more chart. This one is of the glacier mass balance.
|Figure 10: Mean cumulative specific glacier mass balance |
since 1945/1946 (source: World Glacier Monitoring Service)
From the WUWT comments
RHS hasn't looked at the WMO report, or ever looked any global surface temperature data sets either. In fact one wonders where RHS has been for the past thirteen years:
July 3, 2013 at 9:23 am I’d be curious as to their data set, aren’t most data sets showing a steady or declining temps during the same decade?
July 3, 2013 at 9:38 am I think skeptics often misunderstand the language of the Alarmists. The purpose of this report is to identify a gap in the literature that needs to be closed. They are blowing the dog whistle to get the climate scientologist to focus on manufacturing papers that say that AGW causes extreme weather. The treemometer hoax didn’t work, the computer models failed, so they need a new strategy.
Extreme weather is the perfect strategy for the alarmists. Everyday we have an extreme weather event somewhere in the world. A skill propagandist can convince people that these events are now somehow unusual. But they need some folks to manufacture some papers to give it the air of scientific legitimacy.
July 3, 2013 at 10:41 am ...As for the 2003 heat wave more likely in a warming world, only those with an agenda or complete ignorance of the synoptic reality would keep accrediting this fantasy.
Deluded Smokey/dbstealey is still as deluded as ever and continues to angrily protest to the world at large "it's not happening" but not even WUWT-ers pay him any attention any more. In an outburst at jai he writes:
July 3, 2013 at 10:56 am You self-serving hypocrite. You are in business milking tax money based on the completely bogus manmade global warming scare. Your post is simply a regurgitation of cherry-picked nonsense that does nothing to falsify the climate Null Hypothesis. Could you be any less credible?