The World Keeps Getting Hotter and Hotter

The annual “State of the Climate” report has just been published by the U.S. government and demonstrates that the past decade has been the hottest on record. Global warming is “undeniable”, the report asserts. The National Geographic reports:

An in-depth analysis of ten climate indicators all point to a marked warming over the past three decades, with the most recent decade being the hottest on record, according to the latest of the U.S. National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration’s annual “State of the Climate” reports, which was released Wednesday. Reliable global climate record-keeping began in the 1880s.

The National Geographic article goes on to state:

And for the first time, scientists put data from climate indicators—such as ocean temperature and sea-ice cover—together in one place. Their consistency “jumps off the page at you,” report co-author Derek Arndt said.

“This is like going to the doctor and getting your respiratory test and circulatory test and your neurosystem test,” said Arndt, head of the Climate Monitoring Branch of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

“It’s testing all the parts, and they’re all in agreement that the same thing’s going on.”

The 2009 State of the Climate report released on Wednesday draws on data for 10 key climate indicators that all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable. Unlike other climate publications, because it’s based on observed data, not computer models, making it the “climate system’s annual scorecard,” the authors wrote.

The indicators the 300 scientists involved in the NOAA study looked at included humidity, sea-surface temp, sea ice cover, snow cover, ocean heat content, glacier cover, air temperature in the lower atmosphere, sea level, temperature over land, and temperature over the oceans.

It’s past time to address this issue – we’re like the frog in the pot of boiling water who dies although it could have jumped out before the temperature got too hot, just because it didn’t notice the gradual increase in water temperature. Are humans smarter than frogs? We’ll soon find out, because our window to act is rapidly closing.

And what are the solutions? There is no one answer, but many varied responses. It’s clear global emissions of fossil fuels need to decrease dramatically in the next decades. I will quote Kelly Blyn from 350.org again:

The truth is, there is no silver bullet to stopping the climate crisis, no single technological solution that can fix everything at once. We don’t just need solar power, or wind power, or efficiency. We need all of these things and more. What we need, in a word, is diversity.

Take time to call, email, or write your elected representatives and let them know you support swift action on moving towards renewable energy and away from dirty oil. You want to be able to look your children and grandchildren in the eyes 20 years from now, and tell them you did everything you could to avert the climate crisis. Or go to “Put Solar On It” and tell your national leader to put solar on his or her roof.

More links:

Global warming “undeniable”, U.S. Government Report Says

The Earth is hotter than ever, global warming real: researchers

International Scientists Confirm Climate Change is “Undeniable”

Last Decade Warmest on Record, and Other Interesting Links

A quick surf of the internet today brought these blogs to my attention:

“The Climate Change BackLash and  the Case for Ecological Sustainability” from 3E Intelligence gives a European perspective on the political climate change narrative and makes for interesting reading.

“NASA research finds last decade was the warmest on record” is posted today on Alan Gregory’s Conservation News, with a link to the NASA report.

Resources Research discusses the recent news about the error in the 2007 IPCC report regarding the rate of decline of the Himalayan Glaciers, “India’s Misplaced Glacier Row“, from an Indian perspective.

Carol’s Energy Notes is a smorgasbord, with links to “vertical farming” info, green business news, clean tech farm equipment info, a Fox interview with T. Boone Pickens, and Wisconsin hearings on the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Braincheck has a recent posting about climate change and insurance, entitled “Want a serious approach to climate change? Call it Insurance change”.

There’s also an interesting link to the Centre for Sustainable Fashion (which some might call an oxymoron).

For some great wildlife pictures and an Alaskan perspective different from Sarah Palin’s, check out Lila’s Room with “Views”, where her most recent posting asserts that Alaska could lead the way to positive change rather than fighting environmental legislation.

Anyway, back to saving my own corner of the world – I have to finish preparing my banner for the “Rally for Democracy” downtown tomorrow. The rally is a grassroots, nonpartisan and nonpolitical response to our Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s unprecedented prorogation, or dismissal, of parliament twice in just over 12 months. It seems he doesn’t want to answer questions about whether or not Afghan prisoners handed over to Afghan authorities by Canadian soliders were tortured.  And he may also be dodging questions about Canada’s dodgy performance in Copenhagen.  Canadians might just be fed up and waking out of their political apathy because of Harper’s antics, so it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow.