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  •  Knowing her... (6+ / 0-)

    ...she's going to casually mention human activity is causing global warming and cause Ann Coulter's head to finally explode once and for all.

    •  please! Let it be so. (2+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, ivote2004

      We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

      by Tamar on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:18:08 AM PDT

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    •  July was the hottest month ever recorded... (5+ / 0-)

      August looks to be as hot or hotter.  The last 12 months were the hottest 12 contiguous months ever recorded.  The top ten hottest years ever have been since 1998.

      All this as per NOAA, and corroborated by other independent scientific sources.

      Oklahoma has state of the art mobile storm tracking equipment to predict and notify of tornado's, which has been quite successful.  Yet Sen. Inhof leads the climate change deniers who use similar computer models.

      How can Inhof keep being reelected??

      The GOP should be absolutely hammered on this, they are literally endangering with the future of humans on this planet by denying the obvious, overwhelming international consensus.

      "The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Candide08 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 10:51:43 AM PDT

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      •  The complete study by Hansen and colleagues (7+ / 0-)

        is compelling reading, and while it is written to the highest scientific standards, it is easily accessible to those without science backgrounds. The graphics displaying global warming trends are eye-popping. The study should be shared widely, especially with climate change skeptics.

        The link in the diary is only to a republished abstract, although there is a link on that page to the full study. If you wish to download the full study (PDF, 19 pages) directly, you can easily do that by clicking here.

        Here is the study's concluding paragraph -- note that there is still hope:

        Although species migrate to stay within climate zones in which they can survive, continued climate shift at the rate of the past three decades could take an enormous toll on planetary life. It is estimated that 21-52% of the species on Earth will be committed to extinction, if global warming approaches 3°C by the end of the century (23). Fortunately, climate scenarios are also conceivable in which such large warming is avoided by placing a rising price on carbon emissions, thus moving the world to a clean energy future fast enough to limit peak global warming to several tenths of a degree Celsius above the current level (39). It is argued (39) that such a scenario is needed if we are to preserve life on Earth as we know it.

        "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

        by flitedocnm on Sun Aug 12, 2012 at 11:39:53 AM PDT

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