NASA reports that the years between 2000 and 2009 were the warmest decade in the world on record so far.
(Above—Fallen Angels in Hell. Painted in 1841 by John Martin.)
From the New York Times story on the issue—
“The decade ending in 2009 was the warmest on record, new surface temperature figures released Thursday by theNational Aeronautics and Space Administration show. The agency also found that 2009 was the second warmest year since 1880, when modern temperature measurement began. The warmest year was 2005. The other hottest recorded years have all occurred since 1998, NASA said…James E. Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said that global temperatures varied because of changes in ocean heating and cooling cycles….“When we average temperature over 5 or 10 years to minimize that variability,” said Dr. Hansen, one of the world’s leading climatologists, “we find global warming is continuing unabated.”
From the NASA release—
“Climate scientists agree that rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases trap incoming heat near the surface of the Earth and are the key factors causing the rise in temperatures since 1880, but these gases are not the only factors that can impact global temperatures….Three others key factors — including changes in the sun’s irradiance, oscillations of sea surface temperature in the tropics, and changes in aerosol levels — can also cause slight increases or decreases in the planet’s temperature. Overall, the evidence suggests that these effects are not enough to account for the global warming observed since 1880.”
I don’t have kids. I’m 42. I’ll be here for whatever remaining amount of time. Many years hopefully. I’ll get by one way or another. And I will remain involved because I think it is important to remain involved.
For those of you with kids, you can decide to take part in politics or not. You can have your kids live in a good world or a bad world. You can ask people you know to be involved in politics and advocacy.
You can leave your kids a world of rising oceans and a nation where nobody has health insurance, or you can do your best to make our nation and our world a decent place to live.
It is your call.
What is the last day one can register to vote for the 2010 Texas Primary?
I will tell you.
The last day you can register for the primary is February 1, 2010.
(Above—A ballot box in Italy.)
Often one can register to vote at a library or when renewing a driver’s license.
Please vote in the Texas Primary and please vote in every election.
Your vote is needed as a counterweight to the big corporations and to the crazy Tea Party people who want to hand this state and nation over to the big money and to far right-wing Christians.
(Note—This is the Texas Liberal Texas Primary 2010 post of the day.)