I can understand how some people might want to debate why the climate is changing, but denying the earth is warming at all is not a tenable position. Last week NOAA brought out their annual State of the Climate report for 2009. It uses more sets of data than any report on climate change before it. Here’s what it shows:
As you can see, you’ve got rising land and sea temperatures, rising sea levels, falling arctic ice and snow cover. Pretty obvious really. The only graph that might be misconstrued is the cooling in the stratosphere. Somewhat counter-intuitively, the stratosphere cools as the atmosphere beneath it warms ().
“The records come from many institutions worldwide,” says NOAA’s Dr Jane Lubchenco. “They use data collected from diverse sources, including satellites, weather balloons, weather stations, ships, buoys and field surveys. These independently produced lines of evidence all point to the same conclusion: our planet is warming.”
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