EU nations are dithering over how to fill a multi-billion-euro fund to help tackle climate change, just as the region’s executive body hosts talks with countries likely to bear the brunt of extreme weather.
For 50 years the WWF has led a charmed life. Its good intentions have been taken for granted. Its actions have been viewed through fuzzy, soft-focus spectacles. But to quote Bob Dylan:
The times they are a-changin’
My recommendation to the climate community is that an updated version of the figure at the top of this post be presented for as many years as possible. With the new data, such as the more robust Argo data and satellite monitoring of tropospheric temperatures and top of the atmosphere radiative fluxes, this should become the gold standard of monitoring global warming. The use of the global annual-averaged surface temperature trends for this purpose would be relegated to where it deserves to be – an historical relic.