10/10/2012 01:45 pm ET

Climate Extremes Index On The Rise As Attitudes Shift

From dessicating drought to blistering heat, the lower 48 states have taken it on the chin so far this year when it comes to extreme weather events. In fact, as measured by the federal government's Climate Extremes Index, the January-through-September period has been the most extreme such nine-month period on record.

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