Friday, January 22, 2010

Not so cool news

So much for skeptics' arguments (wish) that the Earth's climate is cooling. NASA has released a new analysis.
The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest ever on Earth according to data released by scientists at NASA.

The U.S. space agency's data also revealed that 2009 was the second warmest year since temperature records began in 1880, and only narrowly cooler than 2005, the warmest year ever.
Interested readers can also look at the NASA news release.

UPDATE (1/26/10): Ever careful, Pino makes the excellent point that the article describes the last decade as the warmest "ever" and is also unclear about 2005's place in history. The NASA article that is linked describes these records properly.

3 comments:

Pino said...

The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest ever on Earth according to data released by scientists at NASA.

Serious. The earth has been around for all this time and it is the warmest EVER?

In related news, the glaciers are retreating at record pace and could be gone by 2035.

Sheesh.

Pino said...

Sorry, forgot the link

http://www.economist.com/sciencetechnology/displayStory.cfm?story_id=15328534&source=features_box3

Dave Ribar said...

Pino:

You're right. The NASA article is clear that these are "modern" records. The CNN report only indicates this for one of the individual year records.