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November 19, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside

It snowed here in Philly yesterday. A bit. Still, it's only November. And it's, like, cold at the moment - below freezing even. Which got me wondering: was this whole global warming thing just a bad dream? Do I need to re-caption Beyond Green to blogging a chilly world?

Sadly, no.

Furthermore, Joe Romm reminds us that:
While the monthly data doesn't tell us much about the climate, the peer-reviewed scientific literature has a couple of interesting forecasts for the next decade:
  • The "coming decade" (2010 to 2020) is poised to be the warmest on record, globally.
  • The coming decade is poised to see faster temperature rise than any decade since the authors' calculations began in 1960.
  • The fast warming would likely begin early in the next decade -- similar to the 2007 prediction by the Hadley Center in Science (see “Climate Forecast: Hot -- and then Very Hot“).
And it's not just the temperature that rises with climate change - it's volatility and standard deviations and all that nasty statistical stuff, too. Just thought I'd mention it.

Photo by CaptPiper used under a CC license.

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