The sad truth is that the so-called “Anthropocene” was very brief — about the length of the Industrial Revolution that was built on fossil fuels.
Now that we have unwittingly ended the Anthropocene, the era when we took control of Earth’s climate, we find that we are entering the post-Anthropocene, where humans have lost any ability to control even carbon emissions, because the positive feedback loops we unleashed have taken over.
James Hansen and Makiko Sato
For decades we have reported/updated the global temperature record, showing the calendar-year annual-mean temperature, usually with the 5-year running-mean included. I submit that the graph below is not only more beautiful, but more informative and it can be usefully updated every month rather than once a year. The 12-month running-mean takes out the seasonal cycle just as well as the calendar-year mean and includes the calendar-year mean (black squares). The 11-year running mean does a pretty good job of taking out solar cycle variability and shorter-term variability such as the Southern Oscillation.