The New York Times reports that cooler temperatures are getting in the way of international agreements required to forstall climate change.
The world leaders who met at the United Nations to discuss climate change on Tuesday are faced with an intricate challenge: building momentum for an international climate treaty at a time when global temperatures have been relatively stable for a decade and may even drop in the next few years.
The plateau in temperatures has been seized upon by skeptics as evidence that the threat of global warming is overblown. And some climate experts worry that it could hamper treaty negotiations and slow the progress of legislation to curb carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
The Times goes on (hilariously) to explain that recent cooler temperatures are just an irrelevant phenomenon that proves nothing, but that “scientists” (the plural proves to be one particular scientist) know better.
Current cooler weather, the Times gravely advises is just a “normal variation.” Long term global warming is still firmly underway. Of course, all this ignores the fact that the Global Warming hypothesis came into existence after the Impending Ice Age hypothesis collapsed due to several years of warming weather.
A Missing Person Report
Statistician William M. Briggs takes us to a police precinct in Manhattan.
â€œHey, Sarge. Got a lady here who wants to file a missing person reportâ€¦Sarge?â€ Officer Hannigan stood in front of Sergeant Fitzgeraldâ€™s desk and rustled a sheaf of paper just loud enough so that it didnâ€™t sound intentional, but with enough force to still be heard.
Sergeant Fitzgerald was dozing and he started at the noise, but long experience enabled him to remain mostly still. He did not want his junior to know he had been asleep, so he counted to three then slowly made the sign of the cross and said, â€œAmen.â€ He then let his watery eyes find Hanniganâ€™s.
â€œUh, sorry, Sarge.â€ Hannigan was new enough not to have seen this act before. â€œBut I got this strange call and I didnâ€™t know what to do.â€ Fitzgerald raised both eyebrows a millimeter. â€œThis lady wants to report a missing person, onlyâ€¦â€
Enough consciousness had seeped into Fitzgeraldâ€™s limbs that he was able to slap the table. â€œNow, young Hannigan. Nothing could be easier, sure. You have the right forms?â€ A nod. â€œYouâ€™ve asked the right questions?â€
â€œThen there is no problem.â€ He shifted his weight and turned his attention inward.
â€œBut Sarge, the answers made no sense!â€
Fitzgerald sighed and knew that sleep was banished. â€œWell, then. Letâ€™s have it. Whoâ€™s missing?â€
â€œAnd whatâ€™s that, then?â€ A shrug was his answer. He sighed. â€œHow long has it been missing?â€
â€œLady said about eight years, maybe nine.â€
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