Gloating About the Climate

As has been pointed out everywhere, July 2016 was the warmest month we’ve seen, ever. As a sane person, I understand that climate change is real and remains a pressing issue.

A warm month and we're all like, 'Neener neener'

It’s always nice to see evidence of the things we believe, but can we stop gloating already? First, saying “hottest month” rather than “warmest month” seems a little excessive. Second, a few warm months on their own don’t mean much. If for some reason it would have been a little cooler last month, climate deniers would have been all over it and we’d have harumphed and cried “statistical anomaly!” all the way home.

Ease up a bit, is what I’m saying. Gloating about suggestive evidence is poor form.