Thursday, June 14, 2007

Even More Great News From the World of Science!
Guess what? In terms of global surface temperature, January - May of this year was only as hot as 1998! The bad news, of course, is that 1998 had been the hottest on record in that category. Also, April didn't stay our most recent record-breaking month for long, now that we've had May - the warmest May ever on land. TN, GA, AL and MS set records for the driest spring ever (woohoo - we're #1!), and don't even get me started on Siberia:
For the spring, much of Siberia is a stunning 5°C (9°F) above average. This is worrisome because

* Siberia contains probably the world’s largest amount of carbon locked away in the permafrost.
* The permafrost is increasingly not so perma.
* Much of that carbon would be released as methane, which is 23 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
What a great time to be alive! Thank you, science!

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