2006 bumps 2005 out as 'Hottest Year Ever' ...
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... in the U.S., well, ever -if- one is only talk-
ing about the last 112 years, when the U.S.
has been keeping official track of weather ...

Having recently watched "An Inconvenient
Truth", the primary culprit at play as the
burning of fossil fuels -and- the accom-
panying record release of carbon dioxide
into the atmosphere.

Carbon dioxide is higher now than it's been
in the last 650,000 years (based on Ant-
arctica ice cores), and over that timespan,
the rise in carbon dioxide has always been
accompanied by a corresponding rise in
temperatures.

How high is carbon dioxide today? Well,
for close to 650,000 years, it had never
been above 300 parts per million at its
highest levels.

Presently, it's far beyond that, at record
levels, somewhere around 380 parts per
million, steadily rising, and if no drastic
changes occur, will be over 500 parts per
million in 50 years ...

Greenland and Antarctica and mountain-
tops around the world and the ice shelf
at the top of the world are already losing-
their snow and ice and ice shelfs due to
melting.

If the land-based ice in west Antarctica
goes, sea levels worldwide would go up
20 feet.

If the land-based ice in Greenland goes,
it would also raise sea levels worldwide
by 20 feet.

In the U.S., that would inundate much
of Florida, the entire gulf coast, includ-
ing my coastal residence and the entire
coast of Texas, and a substantial part
of the entire east coast, including much
of New York City and the World Trade
Center site.

Hundreds of millions would have to be
relocated in coastal regions around the
world.

In that movie, Al Gore mentioned that
the 10 hottest years on record in the
U.S. had occurred in the last 14 years,
and the hottest in the U.S. thus far was
2005. Per the following article, change
that to 2006 ...

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Climate Experts Worry as
2006 Is Hottest Year on Record in U.S.

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2007/01/09/AR2007010901949.html

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Excerpts:

Last year was the warmest in the contin-
ental United States in the past 112 years
-- capping a nine-year warming streak
"unprecedented in the historical record" ...

... the result of both unusual regional wea-
ther patterns and the long-term effects of
the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmos-
phere.

... there are indications that the rate at
which global temperatures are rising is
speeding up.

... The burning of oil and other fossil fuels
releases carbon dioxide, which rises, blank-
ets the Earth and traps heat. Climate scien-
tists report that there has not been this
much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
in the past 650,000 years. ...

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