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New State of the Climate report provides evidence

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its 2009 State of the Climate report, and found that the past nine years (between 2000 and 2009) have seen the warmest temperatures since the beginning of modern temperature records, and concluded that global warming is undeniable

The report included research on 48 countries conducted by more than 300 scientists using 700 weather stations. According to the report, the year's 2000 to 2009 were warmer than the 1990's, and the 1990's were warmer than the 1980's. In addition, each consecutive year from 2000 to 2009 was hotter than the year before.

Since the 1960's, there has been an average surface air temperature rise of 0.6 degrees. While this may seem small, the scientists noticed warming climate effects in the increased sea level and humidity, declining glaciers, snow and sea ice and increased lower atmospheric and land temperatures. Signs of warming has also been found as far as two kilometers down below surface in the oceans, since, according to the report, 90 percent of warming has been absorbed by the Earth's oceans.

"Don't be fooled by anyone telling you that global warming is caused by the urban heat island effect or problems with thermometers - the satellite data don't suffer from these issues," said Neville Nicholls, president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Nicholls also noted that since the satellite record began in 1979, the warming trend has been "identical" for thermometer and satellite data. 

Australia, in particular, was hit by three noteworthy heat waves in 2009. These occurred in the months of January, August and November. January's heat wave claimed hundreds of lives due to the heat and brushfires. August's broke heat records, and November's caused the city of Adelaide to witness eight consecutive days above 35 degrees. 

While warming continues to show its presence, cold spells are still expected to arise occasionally, but not often, according to the report. 

"The mid-Atlantic coast of the U.S. was extremely cold and snowy," the report stated. "At the same time, other regions were unusually warm and the globe as a whole had one of the warmest winters on record."

While this new report from the NOAA represents their firm stand on the side of global warming,not all scientists are pro warming. According to a report from the Canada Free Press, 31,486 Americans with science degrees (9,029 PhD, 7,157 MS, 2,586 MD and DVM and 12,714 BS or equivalent) have "signed on" with the Global Warming Petition Project, which sends the message that "the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity."

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devil in the details
By GruntboyX on 8/5/2010 11:48:01 AM , Rating: 2
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released its 2009 State of the Climate report, and found that the past nine years (between 2000 and 2009) have seen the warmest temperatures since the beginning of modern temperature records , and concluded that global warming is undeniable.

So we are looking at a small 30 year window to determine a process that is slow and gradual. And justifying Global Warming on a 9 year period. I hardly believe the data is statistically significant.

Call me a skeptic...but I think now that people are seeing the effect on their wallet, everyone is jumping off the bandwagon. This seem like a sensationalist press release only to keep the public attention.

I think we need to look at solutions that make life easier, not less convenient. Solutions that benefit the middle class.

RE: devil in the details
By Connoisseur on 8/5/2010 12:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
I think that by "modern temperature records" they're also counting the couple of hundred years of record-keeping before computers and satellites were invented. They don't mean the "computer age" and up. People used to use paper and pencils you know...

RE: devil in the details
By chripuck on 8/5/2010 12:50:22 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah and those hundreds of years of record keeping were being made at weather stations that never changed locations. Tell me with a straight face that sheer amount of concrete around the temperature monitoring stations in New York or London didn't affect temperature records in 2010 vs. 1950 vs. 1800. Right...

And if you happen to be a proficient Googler, I realize that most of these studies take that into account, but any data analyst can tell you that data that has been modified loses its' significance. If their compensation calculations were off by even a fraction of a degree it would impact our analysis of global warming hugely.

RE: devil in the details
By karielash on 8/5/2010 3:18:23 PM , Rating: 3

Totally incorrect, a large proportion of the data measuring sea temperature comes from British naval archives, it was common practice (for many navies) to record in sea logs rather impressive amounts of weather information, every hour on the hour in fact, which as some of these 'stationary weather' stations in some circumstances spent years at sea, often far from modern shipping lanes the data they are now providing is invaluable.

Not that I am arguing for global warming or against, just pointing out that you have your head up your ass.

RE: devil in the details
By InvertMe on 8/5/10, Rating: 0
RE: devil in the details
By chripuck on 8/5/2010 12:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty common in life. Why would I sacrifice for something I really don't care about?

What would you rather see? "Damn the environment. Let's all go burn rubber tires, cut our catalytic converters out of our cars and leave the lights on 24/7?"

Most people with common sense are for keeping our Earth clean in a manner that doesn't impact humanity's growth. Like it's even fair to propose massive carbon cuts to developing third world nations much less expect them to agree.

RE: devil in the details
By FITCamaro on 8/5/2010 1:38:32 PM , Rating: 3
Well said nations won't care considering idiots in the UN and like Obama want you and me to pay them to do so.

I'm all for recycling, researching alternative energy, etc. How is it wrong to wish that technologies be mature and cost effective before trying to introduce them on a large scale? (responding to the guy above you)

Solar and wind power isn't cost effective without the government paying a large part of the cost. Something it has no power to spend taxpayer money on. And even if the government didn't use our money to help build the plants, it doesn't work. It can't reliably provide power 24/7/365. So you still have to build other power plants to fill in the gaps. And then what was the point of building solar and wind?

Pure electric cars can't meet the needs of most people. People need a car with the ability to get them across town AND across the country if they so choose to go there.

In any other science, a potential cause (mankinds technological advancement) is not the sole focus of the investigation into an effect. The only reason so many scientists are focusing on mankind as the cause for any warming that is taking place is because there is massive grants from liberal governments to do so. If you disagree with man-made global warming, you likely don't have a job as a climate scientist.

It was hot at the beginning of the 20th century. It then got colder. Then it got hotter. Barely over 100 years of hard data is not enough to make an informed decision. And even if every year for the past 100 years had been hotter than the year before it, that still tells us nothing as to the cause.

And in the end, liberals desire to curb emissions in countries like the US has only led to greater emissions elsewhere. Pushing manufacturing out of the US to China meant that instead of putting out emissions that were at least somewhat controlled, they now are not controlled at all hardly. If the raising of cattle is made too expensive here in the US, someone is going to do it elsewhere. Likely where there are no pollution controls (nor should there be on animals farts and feces).

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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