Reuters and many other publications have reported warmer temperatures of our world.
9 of the 10 warmest years on record occurred since 2000. Warmer temperatures and more radical and unstable weather patterns cannot be ignored. Something is going on out there and this week we experienced the radiation from massive solar flares. All of this, and we consider what happens if the ice caps at the poles do continue to melt and shrink. Will sea levels continue to rise and endanger people in coastal areas?
Then we read that indeed, the oceans have been measured and have increased temperature world wide. Explorers tell us that glaciers are melting at a rapid pace, unlike ever documented before.
Not only is the ocean hotter. So is the land, air and throughout the world, reports confirm what we all have suspected. It is hotter out there. In New Hampshire, while Republicans were fighting their Presidential primary season, there was little or no snow. Ponds that were once iced over this time of year, were attracting fishermen. In the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico, what once were white snow and ice covered mountains, in January, are largely bare of snow, with only tiny spots of glaciers left at the very tops.
The global average temperature last year was the ninth-warmest since records have been kept. Most scholars believe it is because of greenhouse gases. NASA scientists agree with this evaluation.
A separate report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the average temperature for the United States in 2011 as the 23rd warmest year on record.
The global average surface temperature for 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 degrees C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline temperature, researchers at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies said. The institute's temperature record began in 1880.
The first 11 years of the new century were notably hotter than the middle and late 20th century, according to institute director James Hansen. The only year from the 20th century that was among the top 10 warmest years was 1998.
These high global temperatures come even with the cooling effects of a strong La Nina ocean temperature pattern and low solar activity for the past several years. But in January of 2012, the Sun became active, and on January 25 a huge solar storm sent radiation, hitting the earth and causing some electrical disruptions, cell phone failures, and flight rerouting. Some suggested that this is just the beginning, because the sun has drifted into an energy cloud that could "stimulate" and activate more solar activity. The fear mongers are crying that this could lead to a world wide 'grid' failure and mass failure in the world social order. Others, suggest that it will bring (as it is already doing) spotty problems but nothing major. But it is a coincidence that it comes during the same period that the Mayan Calendar predicted some kind of world wide disaster. The Maya's were students and worshippers of the sun. All of this brings to mind how vulnerable our word is, and how separated 90% of humanity is from basic sources of food, water, and energy. Perhaps the wise among us should consider this, and consider a return to the essential elements of survival. Saneh Boothe's "Cornucopia Project" has been writing on this subject for years (see: www.cornucopia-enterprise.com). But the "Green-fire Times" of Santa Fe, New Mexico acknowledged that it is publishing the EDEN GARDEN PROJECT, designed by Saneh T. Boothe, representing an answer to basic security needs and solutions for homeland security in the event of national disaster or other disruptions in our power, grid, transportation, water and food supply.
In the meantime, NASA confirmed that current higher temperatures are largely sustained by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is emitted by various human activities, from coal-fired power plants to fossil-fueled vehicles to human breath.
Current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceed 390 parts per million, compared with 285 ppm in 1880 and 315 by 1960, NASA said.