Posted by: Kevin | March 16, 2007

A Win for Science, but Will it Matter?

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Whistleblower Bill, protecting government scientists, yesterday.  This bill is aimed at protecting scientist from political interference in their work and also enables them to publish their works in peer reviewed journals and present at conferences.  For a review of the Bush Administration’s interference in the sciences check here.

 

With that good news comes some bad news.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Gov’t agency which tracks weather reports, announced Thursday that this winter has been the warmest on record.  The report cited a mild El Nino and ongoing trends as the causes.  This news means that the 10 warmest winters on record have occurred since 1995.

Over the past century, global surface temperatures have increased by about 0.11 degree F per decade, but the rate of increase has been three times larger since 1976 — around 0.32 degree F per decade, with some of the biggest temperature rises in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.
From CNN

The report shies away from indicating greenhouse gases as a cause but this ongoing trend cited by the report (i.e. Global Warming) seems to be closely related to ongoing human activity.  I could rant about this further but if you’re the type to deny/ignore Global Warming and deny human impact on the environment then you haven’t read this far anyway.  Besides I’m planning on writing about “The Collapse” soon, since I just finished it and my rant will fit better there.

Hat Tip to the Bad Astronomy Blogger

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