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First half of 2010 sets heat records

By Juliet Eilperin

Just as climate skeptics cited this winter's snowstorm as evidence that global warming was overhyped, some environmental activists might be tempted to point to this summer's heat waves to bolster their case.

But instead, they're pointing to a more scientific measurement: The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies now reports that the first six months of 2010 are the warmest on record, both in terms of atmospheric data and in combined atmospheric/ocean readings.

In some cases the atmospheric readings for some of the first six months of the year are between 1.8 and 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above what they were in previous years.

And on top of that, last week Arctic sea ice extent hit the lowest level ever for June.

"The 2010 temperature data is evidence that the planet is continuing to warm," said Rafe Pomerance, a senior fellow at Clean Air Cool Planet. "The absolute numbers indicate that the earth's climate is moving into uncharted territory, as reflected by the massive retreat of Arctic sea ice."


Juliet Eilperin

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so a hotter summer means global warming, but a colder winter does not mean global cooling?

I get it, what's good for the goose is NOT good for the gander.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | July 16, 2010 11:14 AM
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"...the first six months of 2010 are the warmest on record..."

Here are the Excel graphs I prepared from the raw data linked to to verify the claims:

They're all high, but technically only two of the six months are a record.

Posted by: Paul_Clark | July 13, 2010 9:44 PM
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NOAA Satellite and Information Service:
“A large body of evidence supports the conclusion that human activity is the primary driver of recent warming. This evidence has accumulated over several decades, and from hundreds of studies.”

God would not want man to profit on Poisoning Children and Wildlife, yet that is exactly what Coal, Oil, Gas and Livestock Industries are doing. Hydraulic Fracturing Pumps Poisons directly into your Groundwater; Coal Strip-mining Poisons local Communities; Livestock Manure Poisons local Water basins; Oil...etc, and this doesn't even include global warming damage, it's just business as usual for these industries.

The Truth Hurts to those who want to kill American workers and wildlife; stifle clean energy jobs in favor of fossil fuels and animal manure, and Poison both Fresh Water supplies and Children with impunity.

Posted by: Airborne82 | July 12, 2010 4:50 PM
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Even if people say they don’t care about climate change, everyone cares about creating USA Jobs and reducing the Billion Dollars sent overseas every day for Oil. Freight Rail for I81 is a great First Step to Creating JOBS and using Less OPEC Oil as well as Cash for Caulkers, Building Star, and other Programs that create JOBS and Revenue and save us Money while reducing dollars sent to the Middle East for Oil.

Invest in Freight Rail (such as the I81 corridor) and USA made Efficient Locomotives (GE Evolution series efficient locomotives) to use less Oil. 70% of our Oil use is in Transportation. Expanding Freight Rail along I81 can remove Thousands of Trucks, save Billions of Barrels of Oil, and Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs. That’s Billions of Dollars less we send to the Middle East for Oil to support Terrorist weapons that are used against our Troops and Civilians.

See: A rail corridor along I-81 that would get traffic and the economy moving again ~

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Posted by: Airborne82 | July 12, 2010 4:29 PM
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VERCINGETOREX says that CO2 is at a high for 3.5 million years. Then why is the temp at a low point? It's been warmer for most of the last 10,000 years and going back millions of years.

So, clearly CO2 is not the control knob on the environment, much as many would desperately like it to be.

Posted by: Paul_Clark | July 12, 2010 7:20 AM
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Why has James Hansen been tweaking the temps to create more of an upward slope? Hansen says that the urban heat island effect is only 0.1C.

That's an underestimate that helps with the tweaking. The other thing they do is select only the stations they want with a warming trend. See here:

Posted by: Paul_Clark | July 12, 2010 7:18 AM
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I downloaded the data linked to and put it into Excel and it shows that May and April are the highest on their "homogenised" record, but Jan, Feb, March and June weren't. So your claim of warmest on record is only partly true. But the big picture is that James Hansen at GISS has been tweaking the temp record for some time. See here:

With links to sources found here:

Posted by: Paul_Clark | July 12, 2010 7:17 AM
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The continued warming decade after decade is the time frame for data that constitutes a climate that is changing.

The record decline of the ice pack in the polar regions confirms the planet adjusting to hotter conditions.

As far as the earth moving into uncharted territory- we are- at least by the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere- now at 393ppm- the highest since the Pliocene Epoch- 3.5 million years ago.

We are heading toward a climate at mid century that will resemble that ancient climate- 3 degrees Celsius warmer then today. It means rising seas, much hotter summers then today- drought, and with parts of the US Agricultural belt becoming semi desert.

Posted by: vercingetorex | July 12, 2010 6:01 AM
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