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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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RE: Temp change does not equal "global warming"
By SPOOFE on 8/5/2010 12:12:47 PM , Rating: 4
It bothers me when average global temperature change, by itself, is used as evidence of human caused (anthropogenic) warming.

It's a classic "moving the goalposts" fallacy, but in this case they move back and forth so much it's more like "vibrating goalposts".

The tactic works thus: Assert a slew of observations all pertaining to the same subject (the climates be changin'), and when you establish this notion in the lexicon, you start slowly pushing the "we be causin' it, y'all" angle. And when that spin starts having a strain (like it did around the time of the CRU hullaballoo), you back off on the rhetoric and start focusing on the "slew of observations" phase again.

It's mere circular logic with a twist. Pretzel logic. Suddenly people that are arguing against the extent of man's influence on the environment are accused of denying climate change entirely, solely to put them on the defensive.

By xpax on 8/5/2010 12:49:47 PM , Rating: 4

I was just thinking as I read this that the whole NOAA viewpoint on this seems deceptive. There's a big difference between denying that the climate is warming and questioning whether or not humans are the cause (primary or secondary).

They also seem to be trying to make the scientists who signed that 'petition' look like hacks. Sad.

By nafhan on 8/5/2010 3:22:12 PM , Rating: 3
Very well said. They are definitely going back and forth between observed data and pure speculation. The short 10 page report (the one that most journalists will probably read) is half temperature change numbers and half reports of random natural disasters around the world.
The one I actually found amusing was a report of flooding in Brazil, that they called "the worst in 100 years", which gives one an idea of the timescales they need to restrict themselves to.

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