Thursday, July 24, 2014
LAST MONTH WAS THE HOTTEST EVER FOR PLANET EARTH
USA Today had an article last week entitled:
Which brings us to the BBC Trust and climate change.
The Trust, which oversees Britain's prestigious public broadcasting operations, recently issued a report chastising the Beeb's journalists for devoting entirely too much time and attention to climate change deniers.
Since 2010, the BBC has provided training to staffers to help them do a better job of covering science properly. But apparently the lessons haven't sunk in.
The report found that thanks to the "over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality," the BBC continues to give "undue attention to marginal opinion" when it comes to climate change and other scientific concerns.
Even I'm guilty of perhaps unnecessarily bending over backyards to be fair. See WE MUST TAKE ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING NOW! to the right by scrolling down. Surely enough, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser this week published a rather long article, Climate scientist gets cold shoulder. And this was from the 15 July 2014 issue of the New York Times. The skeptic is John Christy, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Here, I'm doing it again, actually showing his photo.
The fact of the matter is that Planet Earth is heating up. Our globe set an all-time high temperature in May, then, exceeded that record last month. Now, 61.2 F seems kind of cold to me, but this temperature is 1.3 F higher that the average of the entire 1900's. All 12 of the monthly heat records were set after 1997.
Worse yet, the world's oceans last month attained the hottest temperature yet in recorded history (1880): 62.7 F. This presentation wasn't clear if it was only the ocean or overall average, but last month was the 352nd straight hotter-than-average month in a row!
Why is this bad? Hotter oceans produce more severe hurricanes. Further, there are also now more cyclonic storms:
Two years ago, ABC News said it may be too late to stop global warming. The scary thing is that ONLY 54% said no. But one of the noisiest, and reputable, fear monger, James Hanson, of NOAA, said, we still have time if..... Unfortunately, China and India are waiting for the USA to do something, and our Congress is not interested. Incredible.