The Weather Channel has called out Breitbart News for misinterpreting their information.
TWC took issue with Breitbart’s cherry-picking of their data for an article. Breitbart’s article claimed that global temperature rises in 2014–2016 were due to El Niño, and temperatures are now falling. More disturbingly, the article claimed that the global community had conveniently failed to notice these falling temperatures because the data does not fit in with the “alarmist narrative” of climate change, which they said “wasn’t science but propaganda.”
Ironically, Breibart’s writer accused climate change believers of relying on “fake news” and left-leaning websites that support this “alarmist narrative.”
The data used by Breitbart includes a satellite reading of temperature above land areas and the fact that El Niño weather events temporarily warm the planet.
However, TWC pointed out that these data points were taken out of context.
Most of the planet—about 70 percent—is covered by water, and the land surface warms and cools more quickly than the ocean. If the El Niño spike is removed, 2016 is still the warmest year on record and 2015 the second warmest.