Cold spells in northern Europe is dampening the interest in the ongoing climate conference in Mexico. However, climate change is all about the big picture – don’t let local variations fool you. Graphs from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
Text on the Y-axis of the graph above: “Global temperature anomaly (C) compared to 1901-2000″
NOAA: October Ranked 8th Warmest on Record
November 18, 2010
October ranked the eighth warmest October on record. The first 10 months of 2010 tied with the same period in 1998 for the warmest combined land and ocean surface temperature on record. The global average land surface temperature for January–October was the second warmest on record behind 2007. The global ocean surface temperature for January–October tied with 2003 as the second warmest on record behind 1998. Read more
Review of Four Decades of Scientific Literature Concludes Lower Atmosphere is Warming
November 15, 2010
The troposphere, the lower part of the atmosphere closest to the Earth, is warming and this warming is broadly consistent with both theoretical expectations and climate models, according to a new scientific study that reviews the history of understanding of temperature changes and their causes in this key atmospheric layer. Read more