Monday, August 16, 2010

Monitoring Climate Change:

From a major voice on the Climate Change issue, Dr. Hansen, who reminds us that the environmental issue of Climate Change must be addressed sooner than later.  He explains how unusually warm last month was.  

Like the Emerald Ash Borer boring in on Monroe County, choosing to wait until this issue becomes so in our- ace that it’s splashed on the local paper’s headlines is going to be too late to avoid the ramifications of it.  

We must address environmental issues differently that we address most other problems.  We must have a media that understands the importance of getting the public behind an issue like Climate Change before it is unmanageable. 

Because we have not substantially addressed Climate Change even now, we are going to experience dramatic changes in our climate.  Continuing to ignore it will drive it exponentially beyond our ability to address it at all.

From the Desk of Dr. James E. Hansen: What Global Warming Looks Like...So Far "The July 2010 global map of surface temperature anomalies (Figure 1), relative to the average July in the 1951-1980 period of climatology, provides a useful picture of current climate. It was more than 5°C (about 10°F) warmer than climatology in the eastern European region including Moscow. There was an area in eastern Asia that was similarly unusually hot. The eastern part of the United States was unusually warm, although not to the degree of the hot spots in Eurasia. There were also substantial areas cooler than climatology, including a region in central Asia and the southern part of South America. The emerging La Nina is now moderately strong, as evidenced by the region cooler than climatology along the equator in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. The global average July 2010 temperature was 0.55°C warmer than climatology in the GISS analysis, which puts 2010 in practically a three way tie for third warmest July. July 1998 was the warmest in the GISS analysis, at 0.68°C. " What Global Warming Looks Like discusses current global temperature anomalies in July 2010; see also summary and full paper accepted for publication in Reviews of Geophysics.

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