Winter is still cold, but global warming is real

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As I scrape the ice off the windshield of my car, and think about whether I need to shovel my driveway again, I am not in the mood to think about the problem of global warming, or even to think of global warming as a problem.

But the facts are what they are.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2010 tied with 2005 for the title the warmest year on record.  Not that every place in the world was exceptionally hot last year, but recorded temperatures on average were as high as in any year from 1880 on.

The third warmest year was 1998, followed by 2003 and 2002 (tied), 2009 and 2006 (tied), 2007, 2004 and 2001.

In other words, the last 10 years included nine of the warmest years on record.  Or, to put it another way, all of the 10 warmest years on record fell in the past 13 years.

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Click on State of the Climate 2010 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s report.

Other indications of global warming are:

1.  Rising sea level.

2.  Rising ocean temperature measurements.

3.  Shrinking of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.

4.  Shrinking and thinning of the Arctic ice.

5.  Shrinking of the Alpine, Himalayan, Rockies, Andes and other mountain glaciers.

Click on Climate Change: the Evidence for a summary by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Click on What the Science Really Says for rebuttals to arguments by global warming denialists.

Click on Climate Change Skeptics for rosters of organizations that say human-caused climate change is fact and those who say it is fraud.

Click on Real Climate and The Discovery of Global Warming for links to more information.

P.S. The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that Arctic sea ice is at the lowest extent recorded for January since satellite records have been kept.

Click on Record Low Arctic Sea Ice Extent for January for a report and map.

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