Both NASA and NOAA recently announced that global temperatures in 2010 tied those in 2005 to make both the warmest years on record. It also means that the aughts started off the millennium with 9 of the 10 warmest years on record.
For those who would claim that having the second consecutive cold winter in the US refutes all the evidence to the contrary that the globe is warming, here’s what Daniel Weiss of the Center for American Progress has to say:
Hopefully, this new data will finally convince congressional climate-science deniers that global warming is real and that action is urgent. To reject this latest evidence is like ignoring strange spots on a chest X-ray and continuing to smoke.
And as my colleague Rob S. posted last month, the consequences of global warming are not uniformly higher temperatures across the globe, but are likely to be more extremes at both ends (just with more extremes at the high end).
Maybe this news will make those at the Locke Foundation reconsider their ill-advised challenge to new EPA rules regulating the emission of carbon emissions in North Carolina.