The water coming out of the hose is analogous to the continuous production of carbon-14 atoms in the upper atmosphere.
The barrel represents the earth's atmosphere in which the carbon-14 accumulates.
Global temperatures last year received an extra boost from a strong El Niño episode.
The trend in how global temperatures have departed from the long-term mean, through Aug. The base period here is 1880-1920 in order to show the magnitude of warming relative to pre-industrial time.
Relatively cool conditions in the Arctic – see the blue tones in the global map at the top of this story — helped tamp down the global average in August.
These conditions persisted into September, helping to limit the loss of sea ice in the high north.
Could it be that the whole scientific community has missed this point, or is it another case of creationist daydreaming?
This argument was popularized by Henry Morris (1974, p.164), who used some calculations done in 1968 by Melvin Cook to get the 10,000-year figure. Whitelaw, using a greater ratio of carbon-14 production to decay, concluded that only 5000 years passed since carbon-14 started forming in the atmosphere!His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications.He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine.(Source: Makiko Sato, Columbia University) The difference between the two analyses really is quite small.NASA estimated that last month brought temperatures 0.85 degrees Celsius warmer than the long-term mean.In its independent analysis, NOAA pegged it at 0.83 degrees C warmer.