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Last decade is hottest on record

By Juliet Eilperin

The decade ending in 2009 ranks as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Thursday, with last year tying as the second-warmest year on record.

Last year "was only a fraction of a degree cooler than 2005," according to NASA, the warmest year recorded since global temperature record-keeping began in 1880.

While the report highlights the general upward trend in global temperatures--2009 is now tied with 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 in terms of the second-hottest year recorded--it has not stopped the debate on the science surrounding climate change.

On Friday, two senior House Republicans, Joe Barton (Tex.) and Greg Walden (Ore.), sent a letter to the Energy Department demanding it disclose what projects it has funded in collaboration with the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. The unit's server was hacked in November, disclosing e-mails from prominent climate scientists who privately debated how best to battle climate skeptics in the U.S. and around the globe.

The letter includes several requests, including: "Describe the purpose of all projects DOE has funded, in whole or in part, related to the Climatic Research Unit or any researchers at the Climatic Research Unit."


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This was a report on _global_ warming: local effects on 1.5% of the globe can vary. From the NASA report:

"...The near-record temperatures of 2009 occurred despite an unseasonably cool December in much of North America. High air pressures in the Arctic decreased the east-west flow of the jet stream, while also increasing its tendency to blow from north to south and draw cold air southward from the Arctic. This resulted in an unusual effect that caused frigid air from the Arctic to rush into North America and warmer mid-latitude air to shift toward the north.

Of course, the contiguous 48 states cover only 1.5 percent of the world area, so the U.S. temperature does not affect the global temperature much,' said Hansen.

In total, average global temperatures have increased by about 0.8°C (1.4°F) since 1880..."

See the actual report for more details:

Posted by: MrMike3 | January 28, 2010 2:57 PM
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According to NCDC, October was third coldest on record in the US, and December was the thirteenth coldest on record. Europe is having their coldest winter in three decades.

Keep telling freezing people about global warming. We all need a laugh.

Posted by: pkhenry | January 24, 2010 10:20 PM
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No use talking to the deniers. When 2010 or 2011 is warmer than any of them, they won't care. They are ignoramuses.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 24, 2010 8:41 PM
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Sadly, you can point to facts all you want but there are many who won't believe because they don't want to face it or change any small part of their lives to help out. And also because Fox News told them it was just a political ploy and they fell for that.

Posted by: sarahabc | January 24, 2010 4:54 PM
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tgherzog100 | January 23, 2010 4:33 PM wrote:
I read lots of accusations of chicanery, but never a shred of evidence to back it up. ....

Oh excuse me...I guess saying "cooling" instead of "lack of warming" was chicanery. The point is the same: If there is a "lack of warming," how in the world has the past decade been the warmest? Your pettifogging is obscuring the obvious.

And anyone familiar with Ms Eilperin's advocacy reporting can see it for what it is. and her husband's financial stake is a matter of record.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | January 24, 2010 11:32 AM
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First, the quote you refer to comes from Kevin Trenberth, not Michael Mann.

Second, the Trenberth never said temperatures are decreasing. His "lack of warming" means that given the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, surface temperatures should be even warmer than the measurements indicate, and he can't fully account for where all the extra energy is going. See here:

You accuse the reporter of being compromised, but considering you don't care enough about facts to attribute the quote correctly, I think you owe her an apology.

I read lots of accusations of chicanery, but never a shred of evidence to back it up. Show me the evidence that global, long-term temperatures are stable or going down. Show me the evidence that water supplies are stable and polar ice caps aren't melting.

Posted by: tgherzog100 | January 23, 2010 4:33 PM
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what complete and utter bullsh it. If the last decade was so warm, why was Mr Global Warming himself, Michael Man of the Climategate scandal, writing in his emails that it was a travesty GW models could not explain the DECREASE in temperatures?

The Post's continued use of this compromised reporter is just another brazen example of the paper being turned into a piece of leftist propaganda. For shame.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | January 23, 2010 11:50 AM
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Until peer review is conducted by scientists other than those "owned" by the warming culture, I don't believe a word of it, especially because NASA owns the report. NASA remember, is the organization that told us back in the 70's that an ice age was at hand.

What's needed ASAP is what's coming to a neighborhood near to us all this fall: a complete housecleaning, a sweep with a wide broom of the vestiges of the "Earth Day" green profit monger-Democrats on Capitol Hill.

The entire warming culture, led by Al Gore is a crooked sham. Democrats would be well-advised not to take up any more of their agenda or reasonable people will own both houses on the Hill in 2010. People that will do the greenest of green energy-Nuclear, clean gasoline, and OUR OWN resources. Democrats are finished. This is one more reason why.

Posted by: JamesChristian | January 23, 2010 5:34 AM
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