U Of Reading’s Stripe Chart Is Propaganda … But 2000-Year Chart Make Today’s Warming Look Tame

Recently many readers may have noticed how alarmists and activists have been using the so-called stripe chart (see following chart) to illustrate the warming the planet has recently experienced.

The popular stripe chart was created by “lead scientist” Ed Hawkins of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading, NCAS, UoR.

Source here.

Pretty colors sway dimwitted alarmists

The stripe chart depicts the global temperature trend, but only since 1850, and is designed of course to make the recent warming look dramatic through the use of darkening fire red stripes on the right side.

But note that the real temperature difference between dark blue and dark red is ONLY about 1°C!

Naturally a regular, boring old line curve is all one needs, but it just doesn’t produce the dramatic panic reaction propagandists love to see from their gullible followers.

For the very easily duped masses among us, who skipped too much school and whose low intellect allow them to be easily swayed by pretty colors, the red stripes of the present are all it takes to mislead and create the desired panic.

The colored 150-year stripe chart is a classic propaganda tool for brainwashing the many dimwitted among us.

2000-year stripe chart

If colors work well to drive home a point, then let’s use them to illustrate global temperature trends going back 2000 years. So, what happens when we create a stripe chart going back 2000 years:

The above rough stripe chart is based on R.W. Spencer 2007, going back 2000 years. Clearly we see the long Medieval Warm Period in the middle and today’s warm spell on the right side.

Suddenly all the drama disappears and the propaganda is exposed for what it is. Today’s warming is in reality nothing new.

So the next time someone shows you this cherry-picked, only back to 1850, propaganda stripe chart, then show them what it looks like going back 2000 years. Imagine what a stripe chart of the entire Holocene would look like. Be my guest. I’d be happy to post it.

Note that the 2000-year one I created above is rough only. You’re welcome to improve on it.

10 responses to “U Of Reading’s Stripe Chart Is Propaganda … But 2000-Year Chart Make Today’s Warming Look Tame”

  1. Philip Verslues

    Choosing the coldest start is a convenient way to Lie. It also tells you every thing you need to know about the character of those who put it out.

  2. Chris Hanley

    Trigger Warning!
    The Hawkins chart is racist implying that white is nice and black isn’t.

  3. Dr Roger Higgs

    Beautifully exposed, Pierre, thank you.

    Professor Hawkins is apparently in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading …



    I have been unable to locate Professor Hawkins’ CV online (I can only spare a few minutes for this; perhaps another of your readers will have better luck). However, based on the titles of his latest publications, such as …


    … I’ve a feeling that Professor Hawkins is possibly a meteorologist. This could explain his aversion to looking back beyond 150 years. The IPCC is the same: they seldom, if ever, ask geologists …


    Could this possibly be intentional?

    Best regards,


  4. mwhite

    Totally of topic but given previous posts thought you may be interested.


    It’s behind a paywall.

    1. Yonason

      Dr Diamond says that in at least one of his talks. His emphasis was on cholesterol, which is an anti-oxidant necessary for proper brain function. Taking Statins, which lower cholesterol, could cause early onset of dementia in persons susceptible to it. (Apparently, just one of the many negative side affects of Statins, which have no real up side, other than to make lots of money for pharmaceutical companies.)

  5. Kurt in Switzerland

    If someone were to dare do a color temperature chart of our very own interglacial, the Holocene (from about 10K y ago to here & now), they might realize that the Holocene Climate Optimum lasting about 4,000 y (7,000 BC – 3,000 BC) was almost always warmer than today. So they’d have to adjust their chart for deep red. LoL. And no tipping points. Go figure.

  6. bobdroege

    You mean Loehle 2007 instead of R.W. Spencer, don’t you.

    That doesn’t go to the present.

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