Saturday satire – Welcome to the new era of climate

You’ve heard of the Holocene, and the Anthropocene…

The ‘Anthropocene‘ is a term widely used since its coining by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000 to denote the present time interval, in which many geologically significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities.

Well, hold onto your hats, er data.. Josh writes: Thanks to Robert B who thought up a great name for the era of climate science we are currently enduring…


– The Adjustocene, where no one will ever know what the temperature is.

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January 30, 2016 5:16 am

very good

January 30, 2016 5:20 am


Reply to  H.R.
February 2, 2016 11:59 am


January 30, 2016 5:25 am

Love it, had me laughing out loud.
Thanks Josh.

Reply to  meltemian
January 30, 2016 5:33 am


Jay Hope
Reply to  meltemian
January 30, 2016 2:12 pm

Love it!

January 30, 2016 5:26 am

……….Oh and Robert B of course.

January 30, 2016 5:27 am

Is there a “the” missing?

Reply to  garymount
January 30, 2016 5:46 am


Harry Passfield
Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 30, 2016 7:08 am

Quite right. It has more impact – not knowing what temperature is – than not knowing what the, temperature is.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
January 30, 2016 5:23 pm

Yes, but the “bs” between the “o” and the “c” is! Oh wait, they put that in their papers.

Reply to  garymount
January 30, 2016 8:04 am

How about “The” Pedanticene? Not a slight on garymount, but commenters on this site nitpick A LOT.

Donna K. Becker
Reply to  RH
January 30, 2016 9:39 am

That’s because we’re detail-oriented.

Reply to  RH
January 31, 2016 9:13 pm

How ironical of you to say so….nitpicker.

January 30, 2016 5:33 am

The Adjustocene, where no one will ever know what the temperature is

No one knows the temperature, but everyone knows the solution:
1. Greater austerity
2. Lower standard of living
3. Higher taxes
4. Restricted liberty

(After all, it is your fault!)

Reply to  stormy223
January 30, 2016 7:56 pm

No, not the temperature. He said our children wouldn’t know what snow is. Not the snow. See the parallel?

Ted Getzel
January 30, 2016 5:34 am

Hi Josh and Anthony,
I still haven’t gotten my calendar . What’s up with that?

Reply to  Ted Getzel
January 30, 2016 5:46 am

Well if you are in the UK/EU is a Josh issue, in the US, me. A little help so we can help you?

Ted Getzel
Reply to  Ted Getzel
January 30, 2016 6:58 am

I’m in the US, so it’s your bailiwick. You have my email so please contact me when you know what’s going on.

Reply to  Ted Getzel
January 30, 2016 1:26 pm

I just got mine yesterday (Friday in CT)

Mike Maguire
January 30, 2016 5:37 am

This may be funniest ever!

John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia.
Reply to  Mike Maguire
January 30, 2016 7:45 am

Excellent, for sure, but as good as Josh’s Climate Contrl Knob Machine.

Reply to  John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia.
January 30, 2016 1:37 pm

I have that as one of my desktop backgrounds.
And I always smile when I see it!

January 30, 2016 6:12 am

Hands down, one of the best ever.

Juan Slayton
January 30, 2016 6:16 am

Warmin’ yer future
Typical Aussie understatement. I’d make it Cookin’ yer future

Francois GM
January 30, 2016 6:16 am

Yes, the mann-ufactured obscene adjustocene.

Reply to  Francois GM
January 30, 2016 6:22 am

Hi – I like that.

Reply to  Francois GM
January 30, 2016 7:56 am

Oooh, that’s good!

Reply to  Francois GM
January 30, 2016 1:27 pm

Needs a capital M

January 30, 2016 6:26 am

The Anthropocene will be visible in sediments : it’s the level where you find plastic.

Reply to  François
January 30, 2016 6:49 am

So will our descendants be able to extract plastic just as Canadians are extracting crude from tar sands?

Reply to  RockyRoad
January 30, 2016 7:57 am

How are they going to be able to do that if they’re living in mud huts?

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  François
January 30, 2016 8:04 am

The Adjustocene will be identifiable by the existence of sedimentary layers of windmill foundations and pockets of rare earth minerals melted onto their upper surfaces.

Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo
January 31, 2016 9:18 pm

Crispin, can you imagine? They’ll re-assemble them in museums and call them Triaerocirculasaurus!

Eugene S. Conlin
Reply to  François
January 30, 2016 2:04 pm

Surely that would be plastocene 😉

Eugene S. Conlin
Reply to  Eugene S. Conlin
January 30, 2016 2:06 pm

@ François January 30, 2016 at 6:26 am

Reply to  Eugene S. Conlin
February 1, 2016 6:44 am

Isn’t that an explosive?

Reply to  François
January 30, 2016 3:35 pm

Well the Anthropocene does have its finer nuances like the Plasticene period where undergrads come into play to really fine tune the models.

Reply to  François
January 31, 2016 9:15 pm

Nawwwww. All the global warming “in the pipeline” will melt that plastic right back down to crude so our descendants can suck it right back out to fuel their hovercrafts 🙂

January 30, 2016 6:38 am

The Schmidtmann brothers?

Reply to  ndmcclur
January 30, 2016 1:24 pm

I chuckled.

Reply to  mikerestin
January 30, 2016 1:54 pm

nd mc
An extra m & t ?

Frederik Michiels
January 30, 2016 6:48 am

LOL hahahahahahahahahhahaha
very good one made my day!

Tom Judd
January 30, 2016 6:50 am

Good job!
Just one quibble: Shouldn’t the car be horsedrawn? 🙂

Janice Moore
Reply to  Tom Judd
January 30, 2016 10:08 am

Lol, that will happen just a few miles up the road, just past those windmills on the horizon…
Won’t that be neat? And for those who cannot afford a horse, the next best thing will be …. a Fred Flintstone Mobile!
“Yabba, dabba, DOOOOOOOO!”

I sure am looking forward to that.
Thank you, Josh, for another fun, well-designed, cartoon with a powerful point!

January 30, 2016 6:59 am


Michael D
Reply to  Rob Dawg
January 30, 2016 10:18 am

That’s my complaint – the trend to hide raw data lest the unwashed masses “mis”interpret it.

Reply to  Rob Dawg
January 31, 2016 9:20 pm

And THAT is freaking hilarious right there Rob Dawg…had to say it outloud…and THEN I choked!

Clive in now-socialist Alberta (bah)
January 30, 2016 7:01 am

Very good. Thanks. Great for a laugh.
“The Adjustocene, where no one will ever know what the temperature is.”
Or perhaps:
The Adjustocene, where no one will ever know what the temperature is … or was. But we know exactly what it will be 100 years from now because we will make adjustments to make it happen.

Brian H
Reply to  Clive in now-socialist Alberta (bah)
January 30, 2016 6:11 pm

Read it again. Not “‘the temperature”.

Warren Latham
January 30, 2016 7:01 am

“Adjustocene” … superb !

Gunga Din
January 30, 2016 7:12 am

All we need to about temperature is that it’s wrong!
(Yes, that can be taken two ways.)

Reply to  Allan MacRae
January 30, 2016 7:45 am

That is pretty bad. In fact it is Justobscene.
When you ask for the data it sometimes is the Neverseen.

Reply to  Caleb
January 30, 2016 1:44 pm

Good ones Caleb,
Our current geological epoch, only 11,500 years old since the end of the last Ice Age, is called the Holocene.
I suggest the last few decades of false temperature data “adjustments”, widely touted by global warming fraudsters, should be called the AssHolocene

Reply to  Allan MacRae
January 30, 2016 3:51 pm

Good! I definitely am going to steal that!

January 30, 2016 7:30 am

Thanks, Josh. I had a laugh!
We get the message, but it is no joke, the whole world is being deceived.

January 30, 2016 7:46 am

Brilliant as always Josh
Hope this isn’t hijacking the thread but had to post it somewhere. It should be required viewing for all climate types.

January 30, 2016 7:49 am

Climate science has a lot in common with the old Soviet Union:
“In the Soviet Union, the future is certain. It is just the past that keeps changing.”

January 30, 2016 7:52 am

The “Adjustoscene”: Where everybody adjusts the climate to her/his own fantasy.

January 30, 2016 8:25 am

I’m printing it with a really dirty carbon printer and adding to my Calendar for February. 😀

Bruce Cobb
January 30, 2016 8:37 am

And when it’s over in a few years it will be “the end of an error”.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 30, 2016 12:12 pm


Reply to  Bruce Cobb
January 30, 2016 12:52 pm

Bruce Cobb…just perfect! Great cartoon Josh

January 30, 2016 8:45 am

Josh, here’s a suggestion I made in a stale thread that you may have missed:
Draw a revised NOAA logo with a wind turbine along with the bird (reduced in size).

Reply to  rogerknights
January 30, 2016 2:18 pm

Nice idea 😉

Reply to  Josh (@Cartoonsbyjosh)
January 31, 2016 12:20 pm

well played

Reply to  rogerknights
January 31, 2016 9:27 pm

Bird caught in a wind turbine? LOL

January 30, 2016 8:52 am

I don’t see why we need to change Holocene. Given the people (such as Gore, Obama, Mann, etc.) involved in pushing the non-happening climate change couldn’t we just modify the term and call it the A..Holecene?

Reply to  Allencic
January 30, 2016 12:58 pm

Or the Hollowcene.

Reply to  Allencic
January 30, 2016 2:09 pm

Is AndyG55 suggesting it could/should be the
Andy A55holocene?
Allencic – plus spudloads.

Mark And two Cats
January 30, 2016 9:19 am

obamacene – noted for a thick stratum of bovine exudate (future coal).

Ian L. McQueen
January 30, 2016 9:40 am

Loved it. A question: Are there any restrictions on using the cartoons? I’d like to use it on one or more postings but don’t want to get in trouble…..
Ian M

Janice Moore
Reply to  Ian L. McQueen
January 30, 2016 10:31 am

Mr. McQueen:
So many great questions go unresponded to here on WUWT, that this commenter, FWIW, wants to urge you to go for it!
1. Boldly acknowledge Josh as the author (preferably with a link to:
2. Don’t make any money off it (unless you share at least half with Josh).

Reply to  Janice Moore
January 30, 2016 2:20 pm

Janice, thank you, spot on!

Reply to  Ian L. McQueen
January 30, 2016 2:34 pm

Ian, you can read about cartoon usage here and many thanks for asking. Any further questions please email me.

Gary Pearse
January 30, 2016 9:42 am

I wonder if this was inspired in part by Mark Steyn’s comment in Cruz’s Senate hearing (to paraphrase): How can we be sure what the temperature will be in 2100 when we can’t predict what it was in 1950? [with the continuing adjustments]. It should have been a quote of the week.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Gary Pearse
January 30, 2016 10:24 am

Good point, Gary.
Bob Tisdale’s Climate Models Fail also soundly substantiates and amplifies that accurate observation by Steyn:

This book presents how poorly climate models simulate past climate on Earth and that climate models show no skill whatsoever at hindcasting — which means climate models FAIL, for they are not realistic, not even for the last few decades.
{Further, regardless of what Karl, Mann, et. al. do with their data fiddling,}
Instrument-based temperature records do nothing to prove the {conjecture} of human-induced global warming. The observations-based temperature records only indicate that temperatures had warmed (past tense) — not that manmade greenhouse gases were responsible for the warming.

Climate Models Fail at 12, 13.
Gary. Did you SEE my heartfelt comment of thanks to you (re: beauty of older women in older men’s eyes) about a month ago? I can post it again, but, I’d rather not! (kind of embarrassing, though I was so glad to tell you)

January 30, 2016 9:46 am

early Eocene– Hyracotherium, a 0.4 meter horse
late Eocene– Mesohippus 0.6 m horse
middle Miocene– Merychippus, a 1.0 meter horse
Pliocene—– Pliohippus, a 1,25 meter horse
Pleistocene—- Equus, the modern horse
Adjustocene— a big pile of excrement from all of above.

Reply to  Doug
January 30, 2016 11:10 am

“As POTUS I will fix your weather related problems thru a process I like to call Everybody Dies In A Fiery Apocalypse “comment image:large
Sweet Meteor of Death.

January 30, 2016 9:51 am

No matter how you slice it, it is a bad -cene, Mann.

Reply to  Menicholas
January 30, 2016 3:27 pm

Because no matter how thinly you slice it, it’s still Bologna.

Reply to  Raven
January 31, 2016 6:42 pm

People are dumber now, so maybe we should just start calling it baloney.

January 30, 2016 10:30 am

To Adjustocene or to CargoCultocene? That is interesting to address.
Actually they are the same.
Josh, thanks for addressing the absurd.

January 30, 2016 11:03 am

Just a terrific turn of phrase!

Leon Brozyna
January 30, 2016 11:18 am

Nailed it!
And send that cartoon to every Congress critter with the message, “Your tax dollars at work.”

January 30, 2016 12:06 pm

One of your best, Josh. I remember seeing Robert B’s comment and thinking then that “Adjustocene” should not be lost. It’s just perfect. So, thank you both, Josh and Robert, that cartoon is going on my wall. 😀

Steve Fraser
January 30, 2016 12:47 pm

…made up of multiple periods of the ‘hottestyearevercene’…

Janice Moore
Reply to  Steve Fraser
January 30, 2016 1:00 pm

Lol. Yup.comment image
Shopper (thinking): Oh, good! They’re going out of business again. Lol. Well, it works for me. (humming happily, heads inside to buy some more stuff…)

Reply to  Janice Moore
January 31, 2016 6:43 pm

Notice the signs do not say which store is closing.

John Robertson
January 30, 2016 1:22 pm

Throw in a start date and sell me the Teeshirt.

son of mulder
January 30, 2016 1:36 pm

“Plasticine” – the epoch when everything can be adjusted.

January 30, 2016 2:00 pm

Two German Scientists Say GISS Has “Squandered Much Credibility” …Playing A “Shady Role”

January 30, 2016 3:39 pm

More like the Adjustoscene by the Meddlescene with the Plasticene.

Lewis P Buckingham
January 30, 2016 3:42 pm

The Adjustocene has been brought to us by favour of a new high tech device the ‘Adjustascope’ TM
With this sophisticated device anyone can conflate, combine and homogenise big data to conform to programmed reality. Wind powered so it may ‘neverfail’ TM.
No one should be without one. Get one for the Kiddies now to keep ahead of the post science knowledge revolution. Innovate or go under.
Apply for a grant now,save the planet!

January 30, 2016 3:48 pm

And dedicated Cluedo fans can already rule out the Conservatory, Library and the Observatory but the Reverend Green with the hockey stick are already no-brainers.

Phil Cartier
January 30, 2016 5:36 pm

I might’ve had it read: You Just Know What
What Temperature You Want

January 30, 2016 6:14 pm

Another wonderful visual commentary by Josh. I continue to be amazed how Josh can combine a telling comment with good humour and charity towards the target of his comment. It can only come from an honest, good heart. We are very fortunate to have Josh with us.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Ron House
January 30, 2016 6:29 pm


Reply to  Ron House
February 1, 2016 2:17 am

V kind & much appreciated 😉

January 30, 2016 6:47 pm

The Modelscene – where you just won’t know what reality is.

Robert B
January 30, 2016 9:43 pm

I hesitated to post that comment – low hanging fruit.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Robert B
January 30, 2016 9:56 pm

Well, we sure are glad you did! Congratulations on being an inspiration, Robert B.!

Reply to  Robert B
January 31, 2016 9:47 am

Low hanging fruit is good – great comment!

Malcolm Chapman
January 31, 2016 5:43 am

Great cartoon. But “won’t”, surely? Apostrophe needed. Sorry Josh.

Billy Liar
Reply to  Malcolm Chapman
January 31, 2016 11:47 am

… only in the ‘pedantocene’.

Werner Brozek
January 31, 2016 8:57 am

With apologies to David Reuben, someone should write a book titled:
“Everything you wanted to know about the adjustocene but were afraid to ask”

January 31, 2016 11:00 am

Another one of those “I wish I would have thought of that” moments. Been having a lot of those lately!

February 2, 2016 10:26 am

Old Russian Proverb – The future is certain, it’s the past that keeps changing!

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