Letter: Long-term data tell different story on climate change

Re: ‘Cool down, global warmers’ (Metro, Feb. 19)

Letter writer Kevin Finnigan is right, last year was no warmer than any other year — as long as you don’t count 129 out of the 133 years we have on record (according to the NOAA). 2013 was warmer than all of those; the fourth warmest, in fact. His claim that temperatures haven’t risen in the last 17 years is an example of cherry-picking.

Add another 17 years to that timescale and you get a different picture. Ninety-seven percent of scientists support the view that climate change is occurring and human activity is a huge contributor to it. The other 3 percent carry water for the fossil fuel industry.

Charles Jonsson, via email



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