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Peter H. Gleick

Peter H. Gleick

Posted: January 13, 2011 05:11 PM

Climate change is worsening, fast. The National Climate Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just announced that for the entire planet, 2010 is the hottest year on record, tied with 2005. And the period 2001 to 2010 is the hottest decade on record for the globe. The actual data are here.

This graph and this information should be on the front page of every newspaper in the world. Every Congressional representative should see it.

2011-01-14-GlobalTemperatures2.xls.jpg

And the hottest 10 years on record in order?
2010
2005
1998
2003
2002
2009
2006
2007
2004
2001

How often do you have to get hit on the head before you say "ouch." Or before you even say "stop hitting me on the head"? For climate deniers, probably forever. We can expect them to talk about how cold the winter is, here or there.But for the rest of us, enough should be enough. The planet has a fever and it's getting worse.

 
 
 

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