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Excerpt: "An 'unprecedented' March heat wave in much of the continental United States has set or tied more than 7,000 high temperature records, and signals a warming climate, health and weather experts said on Friday."

Over 7,000 temperature records have been broken in the United States this month. (photo: News One)
Over 7,000 temperature records have been broken in the United States this month. (photo: News One)



Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records

By Deborah Zabarenko, HealthNews

25 March 12

 

n "unprecedented" March heat wave in much of the continental United States has set or tied more than 7,000 high temperature records, and signals a warming climate, health and weather experts said on Friday.

While natural climate variability plays a major role, it is the addition of human-spurred climate change that makes this particular hot spell extraordinary, the scientists said in a telephone and web briefing.

"This heat wave is essentially unprecedented," said Heidi Cullen of the nonprofit science and communication organization Climate Central. "It's hard to grasp how massive and significant this is."

Since March 12, more than 7,000 high temperature records have been equaled or exceeded, Cullen said, citing figures from the U.S. National Climatic Data Center.

These records include daytime high temperatures and record-high low temperatures overnight, which in some cases are higher than previous record highs for the day, Cullen said.

"When low temperatures are breaking previous record highs, that's when you see this is incredibly special," she said.

Cullen noted that this warmth is part of a trend that is pushing the spring season earlier by an average of three days in the contiguous 48 U.S. states.

The date of first leafing - the day when buds burst open - has moved forward from March 20, where it was during the 30-year period from 1951 to 1980, to March 17, where it has been for the period from 1981 to 2010.

Juicing Pollen With Carbon Dioxide

An online report (http://climatecentral.org) accompanying the briefing shows that some states have an even earlier spring, with Montana, Washington state, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Connecticut seeing spring arrive five days or more ahead of the previous average.

This early wake-up call for plants and animals can have disastrous health consequences, especially for children, said Dr. Aaron Bernstein of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.

Pollen counts are breaking records around the United States, Bernstein said, noting that allergies cost the U.S. economy between $6 billion and $12 billion annually.

The early heat stimulates growth in plants and the pollen season has gotten longer by one to two weeks over the last half-century, while the higher levels of carbon dioxide in the air stimulate pollen production in highly allergenic plants like ragweed, Bernstein said.

The rates of sensitization to pollen in the United States are also on the rise, he said, which means people who never suffered from pollen-related allergies may feel them now.

"As we juice these plants with carbon dioxide, we're going to make people have greater allergy symptoms," Bernstein said.

"Most likely the weird weather arises from natural variation on top of a warming climate," said Michael Oppenheimer, a geoscientist at Princeton and a veteran participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. "What we're seeing now is not surprising in the greenhouse world ... It's just the beginning of our experience with the new atmosphere."

Oppenheimer was a lead author of the panel's path-breaking 2007 report that analyzed research by hundreds of scientists and found there was a 90 percent probability that climate change is occurring and human activities contribute to it.

That report projected an increase in heat waves, droughts, floods, severe storms and extreme temperatures as a result of human-spurred global warming, caused in part by rising emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide emitted by fossil fuel burning.

 

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+23 # Ellioth 2012-03-25 10:40
It's all a HOAX - all these scientists are lying so they can continue to "steal" funds from the common treasury while we Americans are fooled into thinking we have a problem. No, just keep driving those Hummers, SUVs, just keep on wasting all resources as if there's no tomorrow. Climate change, poppycock. Looming fresh water shortages? C'mon. The recent Texas drought and fires - all a figment of our imagination. When leaders like Rick Perry - that most-enlightene d governor, and our beloved and most revered Senator from Oklahoma, James Inhofe - tell us that all this is a hoax and just a way for so-called "scientists" to take our money, we should listen to them and follow their leadership.

This message brought to you by your earth friendly Exxon Oil company and your brothers, the Koch Brothers.
 
 
+5 # cdcl44@yahoo.com 2012-03-25 17:27
Even the Koch Brothers will have an oxygen shortage some day, just like the rest of us.Isn't it interesting the the Kochs blame the scientists for what they themselves are doing-taking our money?
 
 
+5 # Valleyboy 2012-03-26 03:46
What the Kochs are betting on is that they will have the funds to seal themselves in a purified oxygen producing dome.

This dome will of course be protected by a firey moat, genetically modified giant three headed bears and nuclear missile armed drones...
 
 
+3 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-26 01:45
A relatively recent climate study funded by the Koch brothers actually confirmed global warming. It was briefly in the news (Jon Stewart commented on it), and then -- poof -- it disappeared.
 
 
+13 # redjelly39 2012-03-25 11:57
We should celebrate by building another Nuclear Reactor on a fault line :)
 
 
-19 # The Voice of Reason 2012-03-25 13:48
It's been a cool and breezy March here. Really gives global warming a bad name, or a good name, not sure which.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2012-03-25 16:36
It would if by "here" you were refering to the entire Earth. You're not omnipresent, are you?
 
 
-3 # The Voice of Reason 2012-03-27 11:27
Again, if you read closely, all I am doing is relaying the weather report, not giving an opinion. But you're so touchy.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-03-27 20:28
Saying, "Really gives global warming a bad name" IS giving an opinion. Go back and read your own comment.
 
 
+6 # cdcl44@yahoo.com 2012-03-25 17:24
Here in Pennsylvania, spring is 4-6 weeks early. In all the 20 years I've lived here, there has never been anything like it. This was the first winter there were no icicle hanging off my roof. Crocuses in February? Unbelievable. It's not even the end of March, and all the fruit trees are blooming, leaves are out and my lilacs which bloom normally in Late May are starting to bloom now.
 
 
0 # zachwes 2012-03-25 19:54
Where is "here"?
 
 
0 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-25 20:32
Tierra del Fuego
 
 
+1 # The Voice of Reason 2012-03-26 16:06
Florida. Still haven't turned on the A/C yet either. And I don't live in a cave, if that's your next line. Nights are absolutely delightful. Of course, global warming talks about erratic weather, so it could be. I'm just saying, this weather thing is not going to be a 'you can't possibly miss it' headline that everyone is waiting for, until the sea level rises and Florida go under.
 
 
+3 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-26 20:26
Let's say that somehow virtually 100% of the world's scientists are wrong and we take action anyway. What are the consequences? Millions of jobs based on a green-economy, badly-needed infrastructure improvements, energy independence, better air quality, fewer oil spills...

Let's say the GW deniers are wrong (spoiler alert: they are), and we continue to avoid taking action until Florida begins to submerge. What are the consequences (aside from having wiped off the face of the planet all the small island nations of the world – which would happen before Florida goes under)? Drought, famine, flooding, food shortage, hunger, forced human and animal migration, suffering, death and wildlife extinction on a massive global scale.

I am at a total loss, just given the clear choices, how anyone in his/her right mind could choose B.
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-03-26 20:30
This is why we shouldn't rely on the observations of regular people who don't know what they're talking about. This is a case where it's best to listen to the experts, AND YES, THE EXPERTS AGREE.

Barry Commoner said that by the time the average person sees the devestation it will be too late to do anything about it.

You might want to look him up.
 
 
0 # tbcrawford 2012-03-26 16:09
Where is "here"?
 
 
-28 # infohiway 2012-03-25 15:11
"Earth Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records". Duuh what?

WRONG, children. The "90 percent probability that climate change is occurring and human activities contribute to it," is their same old pap, pushing the One World Gubermint CARBO-TAX - that won't change it.

What is 100% then? Poor old - mute and defenseless - CO2, responsible for all food and life, is the ba-ad 'patsy'. The 'fall guy'.

FACT: "THE SUN Sends Climate Warning by Busting World Heat Records,"
that ARE NOT man-made,
there's nothing we can OR WILL do to stop it,
increasing CO2 is a consequence of warming and
said plants require said CO2 (plus warmth) to produce oxygen.

ALLERGIES?
Look no farther than the CAUSE:
GMO 'Franken-food' and
New pesticides.

BTW. The Oppenheimer lot gave us the atomic bomb (AND nuclear power plants as a result of the guilt) really ought to keep their guilt-trips to themselves.
 
 
+15 # Billy Bob 2012-03-25 16:35
You're right. It's much higher than a 90% probability. I assume everything else you said was meant to be taken sarcastically.

Man made climate change is a fact. If you don't like science, think about the tool you're using to write your comment. It wasn't invented by people who didn't believe in science.
 
 
+1 # cdcl44@yahoo.com 2012-03-25 17:25
What have you been drinking?
 
 
+3 # zachwes 2012-03-25 19:52
"The Oppenheimer lot"??? Michael Oppenheimer is not related to Robert Oppenheimer. Is this just another thinly veiled anti-semitic comment?
 
 
+1 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-26 02:23
It's an odd comment, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed he mistakenly thought the name was rare and they were related.
 
 
-4 # infohiway 2012-03-26 20:21
Are they middle-eastern Semites or German or southern Russian?
It's most odd how the Nazis (National SOCIALISTS) took to communism like ducks to water - isn't it, Mrs. Merkle?
 
 
+7 # Texas Aggie 2012-03-25 20:43
Your "FACT" shows that you absolutely have no idea of how the world works. So you don't make the same absurd mistake again, let me explain it to you.

The sun is sending as much heat now as it did 50 years ago. The difference is that the greenhouse gases, of which CO2 is one, have been produced in ever increasing quantities by the famous industrial revolution beyond anything that has occurred since Homo sapiens evolved.

These gases are called "greenhouse" gases because they prevent heat from being reflected back into space as readily as before the way greenhouses do. While the mechanism is different from a real greenhouse, the end result is the same. That means that the cooling effect we used to get from radiating energy into space has been reduced so that the heat accumulates giving rise to global warming, of which the past spring has been a good example.

You now have no excuse to pretend that you don't understand what is going on.
 
 
+1 # Stephanie Remington 2012-03-26 02:21
infohiway: It sounds like you care about some issues that also concern me (GMO "food" and nuclear energy), but your information about climate change is inaccurate. Please inform yourself. The NASA website is a good place to start. http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/

Regarding allergies, I eat virtually all organic food with NO genetically modified ingredients, but my formerly mild allergies, including sensitivity to poison oak, have gotten much worse in the last year.

Regarding Oppenheimer, Robert and Michael are unrelated to each other, either by family or occupation. The former was a quantum physicist and the latter is an astrophysicist, by training.
 
 
-3 # infohiway 2012-03-27 02:04
Quoting Stephanie Remington:
infohiway: It sounds like you care about some issues that also concern me (GMO "food" and nuclear energy), but your information about climate change is inaccurate.


Let's not let little things like basic facts get in the way of hysterics, silly 'greenie-house' theories and a good-ole yarn - eh?
 
 
-3 # carioca 2012-03-26 05:19
I think we all pray to dog, er, god, for lower gas prices.

That's what we need to do.
 
 
+1 # tbcrawford 2012-03-26 16:07
What have YOU done today to reduce our carbon, methane and other greenhouse gasses? Until each of us takes responsibility, we're doomed to extinction. Maybe not in your lifetime, but I fear, our grandchildren's .
 
 
-4 # infohiway 2012-03-27 02:49
Well, here's a plan.
1. Climate changes. Period. Get used to it.
2. Global warming and global cooling are CAUSED BY THE SUN - AND they're CYCLICAL. Imagine that?
3. The ludicrous 'greenhouse gas THEORY' was started by the Soviets to 'hobble the west' DURING THE 'COLD WAR'. Ask Mr. Gorbachev who said, "It was successful beyond our wildest dreams." Now it's 'social engineering. AKA: Agenda 21. De-population anyone? Volunteers, please? Hmm, no takers. Thought so. Wonder why??? NOT!
4. So discredited 'GLOBAL WARMING' is now 'CLIMATE CHANGE' - adopted BY big business and the U.N. for a global 'green' carbon tax (nobody voted for) to fund 'science grants' plus One World Government (that nobody's voted for) AND the next CREDIT BUBBLE (run by the World Bank. PONZINOMICS that nobody's voted for). False economy cubed.
5. NO? Windfarms are unreliable, bio-fuel is wasteful and nuclear is suicidal - but they're officially subsidized BIG BUSINESS ... NOW. Mandatory 'SMART' METERS are deadly. http://devvy.net/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/r/alerts/326963794923/
6. It is about MONEY and CONTROL. Do not be surprised if they use HAARP for those ends (to nudge the jet streams and weather-systems with bursts of plasma ... heat).
7. A 'ROOF', repeat a 'ROOF', made of greenhouse gas, repeat GAS - of, duuh, THIN AIR???
WHAT ROOF Chicken Little?

--i
PS. Clean up the air and reclaim land organically and naturally with Cupressocyparis Leylandii.
 
 
+2 # PGreen 2012-03-27 10:56
Do you also favor the theory that oil is abiogenic that is, due to mineral deposits, and not decayed organic matter? The only problem with this theory, is that it has failed to predict significantly where petroleum reserves can be found; ergo it is currently considered scientifically unsupported and unlikely. This, of course, is the nature of scientific process: rational thought, prediction, experimentation and repeatability (verification). So I have to question: are you prepared to change your mind based on the preponderance of evidence? Or are you simply applying a personal dogma that restricts you to selective indications? Remember the adage that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. Be broadminded-- what do you have to fear?
To address your concerns:
Yes, global weather patterns are cyclic, and yes, there is a man-caused impact on global climate. They are not mutually exclusive. The question is, how much do humans influence it? The evidence continues to accumulate that it happens more than we previously thought, not less.
For a greenhouse "roof" examine some of the studies of the planet Venus-- interesting parallels.
I can't convince you of anything here in a paragraph, so I repeat: keep an open mind. It is part of scientific discovery, after all.
 
 
+2 # Billy Bob 2012-03-27 20:29
Beautifully constructed argument.
 

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