2016’s Record Warmth Brought Record Crop Yields, Fewer Storms

Climate scientists declared 2016 the warmest year on record, sending shockwaves through the media, which immediately began attributing the warming to fossil fuel use.

Earth is “heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization,” The New York Times warned. Global average temperature was less than a one-hundredth of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than 2015.

While the media worried about anthropogenic global warming scenarios, some good news in 2016 was likely missed: record crop yields and relatively fewer storms.

Global crop yields hit record levels, according to United Nations data. Production of wheat, coarse grains and rice are forecasted to be higher in 2016 than the previous year. The United Nations expects cereal production to be 1.7 percent, or 44 million metric tons, higher than 2015.

U.S. corn and soybean yields hit record levels in 2016, according to U.S. government data. Corn production rose 15.1 billion bushels, or 11 percent, from 2015, and soybean production rose another 4.31 billion bushels, or 10 percent, over the previous year.

University of Colorado professor Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr. noted the record crop yields and few natural disasters.

Pielke was chased out of climate research in 2015 after being attacked by Democratic lawmakers and some of his colleagues for questioning claims global warming was making extreme weather worse.

Pielke explained that while 2016 had record-high temperatures, it wasn’t a very extraordinary year for tropical storms.

Fewer major tropical cyclones made landfall in 2016 compared to 2015. In fact, tropical cyclone numbers for 2016 were below the 40-year average.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Record crop yields, record mega – tons of grain in storage equals low grocery prices. Record high crude oil production, storage is full. So much natural gas available that it can compete with coal. Historically low interest rates. Democracy. A highly skilled work force looking for REAL jobs. So why are western – world economies languishing? Brussels and Washington. Record high taxes and regulations. Clueless voters who believe in free stuff . The American election was a very close call and Job 1 is to put socialism in a museum.

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    Amber

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    JANUARY 20 /2017 THE DAY THE GLOBAL WARMING CON-GAME DIED .
    THANK YOU MR.TRUMP AND ALL THOSE DEPLORABLES IN FLY TO COUNTRY .
    YOU GOT YOUR COUNTRY BACK .

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    Sonnyhill

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    It’ll only be over when the con men confess. Don’t underestimate them. They’ll continue at the state level,(California, eg) classrooms, media. No shortage of “the gullibles” to exploit.

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      JayPee

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      You are right
      The con men will succeed
      But they will succeed only because there are enough stupid people.
      And the USA democrat party would not exist without enough stupid people.

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    Allan Cartlidge

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    I want one of these climate change experts to please tell me what percentage change in temperature 0.02 degrees Centigrage is equal to.

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