2012-12-19. An Odometer Moment on a Warming Planet

posted Dec 19, 2012, 12:58 PM by Alan Gould
| By Justin Gillis, New York Times. Relevant to GSS Climate Change, chapter 7. Excerpt:  For those who might be keeping score, we just passed the 333rd consecutive month of global temperatures above the 20th-century average. November 2012 was the fifth-warmest November since records began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its monthly climate report. The agency calculated that the 10 warmest Novembers on record have all occurred within the past 12 years. …NOAA will not make this official until early January, but it is now virtually certain that 2012 will set a high-temperature record for the contiguous 48 states.  …La Niña years are usually cooler than average globally, so scientists say that to have such years coming in among the top 10 warmest in the historical record is a testament to how much the climate is changing. …The World Meteorological Organization …secretary general… Michel Jarraud, put it plainly. “Climate change is taking place before our eyes and will continue to do so as a result of the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which have risen constantly and again reached new records,” he said.  …. Read the full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/an-odometer-moment-on-a-warming-planet/?ref=science