Monday, February 22, 2016

Climate change deniers misrepresent data and get called out

 Here is another example of how data visualizations can be accurate AND misleading.

I Fucking Love Science broke down a brief Twitter war that started after National Review tweeted the following post in order to argue that global climate change isn't a thing.

Note: The y-axis ranged from 110 - -10 degrees Fahrenheit. True, such a temperature range is experienced on planet Earth, but using such an axis distracts from the slow, scary march that is global climate change and doesn't do a very good job of illustrating how discrete changes in temperature map onto increased use of fossil fuels in the increasingly industrialized world.

Twitter-verse responded thusly: