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This shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you've been following any climate related news this year -- we've already seen the hottest global averages ever recorded for April, May, and June, and the hottest Jan.-June period as well. And, of course, NASA, along with NOAA and many others have determined that the 00s was the hottest decade ever. Now, NASA is reporting that all of 2010 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, period. McClatchy reports:
Worldwide, 2010 is on track to become the warmest year on record.The data is collected from 5,000 weather stations around the world.
Scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies reported recently that the average global temperature was higher over the past 12 months than during any other 12-month period in history. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released corroborating data, adding that the past four months, including June, have each individually been the hottest on record as well.
It is an El Nino year, so that helps raise temps in some regions, typically around the tropics. But more importantly, we're also experiencing a solar minimum right now -- the period of the least solar activity in the sun's solar cycle -- which typically has a cooling effect on the planet. Just not with record high concentrations of carbon in the atmosphere.
So even at a time when solar activity is at a minimum, temperature records are being shattered around the world. This is some pretty serious evidence (for those who still need it) that climate change is every bit as real as 97% of climate scientists say it is -- and that it's already effecting the planet in some very profound ways.
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