Why does it matter if any year 'x' is the 'nth hottest' year on...

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    Why does it matter if any year 'x' is the 'nth hottest' year on record?


    We could have a monotonically increasing series of years, where each successive year - for argument's sake -  is minimally hotter than the previous year (by 0.002 degrees, say).


    That example reveals 500 successive records would be broken(!!!) in attaining a mere 1 degree warming over 500 years, but you can bet your bottom dollar we would still have all the vested interest groups shouting "Yet another hottest year on record!".


    So bl**dy what? Hottest it's ever been, and your great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandchildren would be wondering what their great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandparents were on about.


    It is the quantum, rate and duration of increase, and not the fact that another heat record has been broken, that determines our climate destiny. 

 
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