Report shows 2000-2009 was the Earth’s warmest on record
July 29, 2010
(Chattahbox) – A new state of the climate report from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Association shows that the past ten years are the hottest ever recorded. The evidence compiled by 300 scientists from 48 countries shows that with each decade, the temperature has risen by one degree Fahrenheit. While that doesn’t seem like a lot it adds up. The glaciers and ice caps are melting, and the report concluded that 90% of planetary warming over the past 50 years has gone into the oceans. A related new study has found that rising sea temperature may have had a harmful effect on global concentrations of phytoplankton, which affects the entire marine food chain. Since 1950, 40 percent of the phytoplankton around the globe has disappeared.
Many countries, including the U.S., are experiencing extreme and unusual heat this summer. The findings do not include data from 2010, but this is the hottest summer recorded, though record-keeping only began in 1870. It is possible that the planet experienced extreme temperatures prior to the first written records. The report’s findings broadly match those of the controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations body, which concluded that evidence for human-caused global warming was “unequivocal.”
Whether you believe the planet is linearly becoming hotter or simply experiencing a climatic ‘mood swing’, it can’t hurt to stay informed and try to reduce your carbon footprint in small (or large) ways.