Quote of the Day – Kevin Trenberth

Quote of the Day

As the papers are full of James Hansen shrieking that 2010 will be the “hottest year on record” (in other words since about 1880*, and based on his own, highly suspect, GISS temperature data set), it takes a fellow warmist to get it right for a change:

“We have seen rapid warming recently, but it is an example of natural variation that is associated with changes in the Pacific [El Niño] rather than climate change.” (source)

(H/t WUWT)

*By the way, if the age of the earth were represented by one day, the period since 1880 equates to approximately 2/1000 ths of a second.


  1. Would you mind explaining how you arrived at 2/1000 ths of a second. I am very interested to know the answer to this question.

    • @Karen: Period in question=130 years, age of planet = 4.5 billion years, so scaling age of earth to 1 day gives (130/4.5e9)*24*60*60=0.0025 approximately = 2/1000ths of a second

  2. Thankyou Simon.

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