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Does snow mean global warming's over?

By Juliet Eilperin

With all this snow, people are yet again wondering what this means for climate change.

While the Post ran a story about this question on Jan. 28, we thought it was worth pointing readers to a new posting that The New Republic has put up on this.

Since few things fascinate people as much as extreme weather, this year's series of blizzards might touch off a new round of scientific inquiry into the question of what it means to have more moisture stored in the atmosphere above the ocean.

But Christopher Field, director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology, notes that it's always important to recognize that you can't write off climate variability altogether: "It's a wonderful example of the large random component in weather."

Of course, it's easy for someone to say that when they're sitting at their desk in sunny Palo Alto, Calif., as opposed to snowy D.C.

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Juliet Eilperin

 |  February 10, 2010; 5:34 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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shwy does Juliet Eilperin always slough readers off onto some other reporter/organization's stories? Doesn't the Post pay her to investigate/report?

What a fraud.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | February 12, 2010 9:12 AM
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