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Global Temperature Average: 339 Consecutive Months Above Last Century's

From the National Climatic Data Center:

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for May 2013 tied with 1998 and 2005 as the third warmest May since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive May and 339th consecutive month (more than 28 years) with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average May temperature was May 1976 and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.

339 consecutive months! 37 consecutive Mays above the previous century's average global temperature!

In a White House video released on Saturday, President Barack Obama said that he would outline a climate change plan tomorrow that will aim to reduce carbon emissions and create green jobs. So, it's a safe bet that climate change deniers will be in full effect this week. Of course, it'd be wrong to think that the remarkable and disheartening scientific findings released by the National Climatic Data Center will make any difference in their arguments. It hasn't for the previous 338 months.

Given studies in Australia concerning the positive economic effect of investing in renewable resources, as well as China's surging dominance in the solar energy market, this is more than just a moral issue surrounding the world we leave our children — it's one about jobs, too.

 

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