Under the pretext that “Americans are witnessing the impacts of climate change in their own backyards,” and that they “increasingly are asking the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for information about climate change in order to make the best choices for their families, communities and businesses,” this week the Obama administration unveiled its National Climate Service (NCS).
Though we can’t rely on a weather forecast that extend more than a few days, the National Climate Service is going to help us plan for micro-changes in climate decades and more into the future.
Climate.gov features a “climate dashboard” with constantly updated graphs showing changes in global temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), incoming sunlight, sea level, and Arctic ice. How any of this information will help anyone make any choice for any family, community, or business is not even suggested on the website. But rest assured, says NOAA:
People are searching for relevant and timely information about these changes to inform decisionmaking about virtually all aspects of their lives.
Climate.gov is more self-lampooning than informative.
No one lives at the mean global temperature, so it’s of dubious relevance to anyone. Moreover, NOAA’s calculation is not very robust. Not only are there not enough surface and atmospheric temperature samplings — by a long shot — but the measurements from the Earth’s surface tend to be biased, generally towards warming by the urban heat island effect.
While the atmospheric CO2 level is slowly rising, NOAA omits that this is an utterly meaningless phenomenon for most of the planet. In tropical and temperate zones, the greenhouse effects of water vapor and clouds essentially block out those of CO2 at current levels. Moreover, each molecule of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere has exponentially less greenhouse warming potential than the preceding molecule. Given current atmospheric CO2 levels, this relationship is why alarmists cannot show that CO2 emissions measurably impact global climate.
Climate.gov shows a measurement of incoming sunlight — but NOAA itself dismisses the link between incoming sunlight and climate change.