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Saturday, February 17, 2007

We Broke a Record -- What Do We Win?

As we shiver through February, here is something to keep in mind ...

Warmest January ever recorded worldwide in 2007: US scientists

NEW YORK (AFP) - World temperatures in January were the highest ever recorded for that month of the year, US government scientists said. "The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the highest for any January on record," according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climate Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

Here is the interesting thing -- global temperatures are warming up much faster than anybody thought possible. It is warming by 10ths of degrees when scientists thought it would happen by 100ths of degrees.

I have a good friend who is deep, deep in global warming denial. He says the February freeze we've experienced is proof that global warming is bunk.

But paradoxically, global warming causes severe cold snaps. That's because the warming feeds high pressure systems, which in winter time can cause sudden, severe cold. I guess it's nature's way of trying to balance things out.

But the trend should remain steadily warmer. And that's one reason I'm such a big booster of nuclear power. An operating nuclear power plant puts out zero greenhouse gases -- you can't say that for coal or even natural gas.


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