From: Andy Soos, ENN
Published September 17, 2010 02:37 PM
2010: A Hot Year Indeed
Weather is always an easy topic of conversation. The first eight months of 2010 tied the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature
on record worldwide. Meanwhile, the June—August summer was the second warmest on record globally after 1998, and last month was the third warmest August on record. Separately, last month’s global average land surface temperature was the second warmest on record for August, while the global ocean surface temperature tied with 1997 as the sixth warmest for August.
The monthly analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center, which is based on records going back to 1880, has supplied the following weather/temperature highlights for 2010.
To me the global climate change debate can be summed up in an uncomplicated analogy I heard made awhile back.
The analogy is -- if your child who's been suffering terrible migraines is diagnosed with a brain tumor who are you going to trust - the 100 neurosurgeons who are recommending removal of the benign tumor because they are all in agreement that it will kill your child if left untreated --- OR --- your local Fox News watching pharmacist who is telling you to go home, give the suffering child some Children's Tylenol and don't worry about it - because it will go away on it's own?
That's pretty much the scenario when it comes to the debate between the world's most reputable climate scientists and the right-wing armchair "scientists" over the issue of global warming and the question of whether or not human industrial activities are contributing factors.
Cutting to the chase and simply put - I will trust the majority opinion, which is being advanced by dedicated, non profit motivated scientists, in a heartbeat, over the screeching right wing baboons and the glorified t.v. weathermen that the oil & gas industries underhandedly employ to pollute the dialog with their easily disprovable, Fred Flintstone-like counter arguments.
In a fucking heartbeat.