Earth warmest in at least 400 years, panel finds
National Research Council report undermines critics of 'hockey stick' data
MSNBC staff and news service reports
WASHINGTON - Weighing in on the highest profile debate about global warming, the nation's premier science policy body on Thursday threw its weight behind controversial data and voiced a "high level of confidence" that Earth is the hottest it has been in at least 400 years, possibly even longer.
A panel convened by the National Research Council reached that conclusion in a broad review of scientific studies, reporting that the evidence indicates “recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years.”
The panel of top climate scientists told lawmakers that the Earth is running a fever and that “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.” Their 155-page report said average global surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rose about 1 degree during the 20th century.
In addition recently we learned:
Global warming helped fuel 2005's destructive hurricane season, researchers said Thursday. Their study adds to a roiling scientific debate over the role of climate change in spurring more intense hurricanes.
"About half of last year's extra (ocean) warmth was due to global warming," says a co-author of the study, Kevin Trenberth of the federally funded National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. That translates into an increase in ocean temperatures of just under 1 degree Fahrenheit above natural year-to-year variability in temperatures.
And so it seems fairly obvious as Barry Commoner said awhile ago that:
What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates the need to confront the corporate domain at its most powerful and guarded point - the exclusive right to govern the systems of production.
And soooooo, my question is:
When are those freakin’ morons in the United States Congress and White House gonna pull their heads out of the sand and get off this hyper “free markets cure all things” ideology and do something towards providing a livable planet for our children and grandchildren????