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  (Source: Rensselaer)
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: Not the issue
By tbhuang2 on 8/5/2010 12:58:37 PM , Rating: -1
Since when does one tiny segment of data trump the overall trend of a large collection of data?
I'm sure everyone is well aware of the historic trend.
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1024&b...

Also, are you saying you'd rather believe scientists from the 1970's than scientists in today's day and age?


RE: Not the issue
By Ammohunt on 8/5/2010 1:27:14 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Also, are you saying you'd rather believe scientists from the 1970's than scientists in today's day and age?


So are you saying that trust modern scientists over the Einstein's of the last century? Besides that my answer would be yes! Political agenda's weren't near as rampant in science as they are today.


RE: Not the issue
By Paj on 8/9/2010 12:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, the manhattan project was politics free!


RE: Not the issue
By JediJeb on 8/5/2010 7:18:13 PM , Rating: 1
Well my question would be; What initiated global warming after all of the past Ice Ages? Man was not here to do it, so I guess it was the dinosaurs, oops they died during the ice ages, or well before the ice age, so I guess it was the mammoths, but they died during the ice ages also so it wasn't them.

Well I'm all out of ideas what caused the warming after the ice ages, seems everything was dead except the sun.


RE: Not the issue
By roadhog1974 on 8/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not the issue
By gamerk2 on 8/8/2010 3:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
Weather changes, changes to the chemical layout of the atmosphere, etc.

For instance, the last Ice Age was caused due to Antartica and South America still being joined together, preventing the warm waters of the Atlantic from interacting with the Pacific, which caused a cooling feedback loop. The Ice Age ended when Antartica and South America split up. In short: Weather patterns have a major effect on global temperatures.

Likewise, previous warming cycles have been connected to changes in the layout of the earths atmosphere. In particular, theres a great deal of coverage between CO2 levels in the atmosphere and global temperatures...


RE: Not the issue
By gamerk2 on 8/8/2010 3:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
Weather changes, changes to the chemical layout of the atmosphere, etc.

For instance, the last Ice Age was caused due to Antartica and South America still being joined together, preventing the warm waters of the Atlantic from interacting with the Pacific, which caused a cooling feedback loop. The Ice Age ended when Antartica and South America split up. In short: Weather patterns have a major effect on global temperatures.

Likewise, previous warming cycles have been connected to changes in the layout of the earths atmosphere. In particular, theres a great deal of coverage between CO2 levels in the atmosphere and global temperatures...


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