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130 Years of Global Warming, Mapped: VIDEO

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A new video from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies maps Earth's temperatures over the past 130 years:

The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880.The finding sustains a trend that has seen the 21st century experience nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York released an analysis of how temperatures around the globe in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century. The comparison shows how Earth continues to experience higher temperatures than several decades ago. The average temperature around the globe in 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 C) higher than the mid-20th century baseline.

In this animation of temperature data from 1880-2011, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.

2011 is the ninth warmest year on record.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh girl, that's gonna start a fire. I can feel it gettin' HAWWWWWWT.

    Al Gore predicted his warm globes would heat the earth so much that the ice caps would melt by 2011.

    Thankfully, Obama's stimulus stopped it, so no need to cling bitterly to man-made climate change.

    Posted by: Alan | Jan 27, 2012 2:48:05 PM


  2. Oh Alan, all those right-wing in-jokes are just too much! You so funny.

    Posted by: tranquilo | Jan 27, 2012 2:57:52 PM


  3. Must be nice in Bolivia.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 27, 2012 3:31:31 PM


  4. Glossolalia much? As a matter of fact, arctic sea ice has been hitting new lows every year. Not that facts will mean much to Alan.

    Posted by: melvin | Jan 27, 2012 3:36:54 PM


  5. @ ALAN: I'm sure the burnt out people of Greece and Russia think your joke is really funny.

    I can proudly say that I worked at that lab when I was a teenager (in their radio astronomy group). And it was a friendly place for homos.

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 27, 2012 4:16:06 PM


  6. I believe in global warming just like I believe cavemen caused the Ice Age.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 27, 2012 11:09:52 PM


  7. Three skeptics were converted this year. Economist Bjorn Lomborg has gone from denying human caused climate change to claiming mitigation would be cheaper than prevention to saying prevention is the best option.

    Physicist Richard A. Muller aided by his former grad student, Nobel Prize winner Saul Perlmutter, has gone from a skeptic to accepting. He crunched far more temperature data than Hadley, NOAA, and NASA and not only confirmed their results, but said they were conservative. The temperature anomaly is 1 degree C, not .6.

    Sadly the denialists, different from skeptics because evidence will change their minds, I was once a skeptic, are stuck in a mindset they cannot change because they have never examined any piece of evidence with an open mind.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 27, 2012 11:53:04 PM


  8. Hey Chris,

    Just curious if you could reference something specific for your Bjorn Lomborg claim? I just couldn't find anything readily and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction.

    Thanks.

    Posted by: Jamie | Jan 28, 2012 6:15:33 PM


  9. Hi Jamie. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/30/bjorn-lomborg-climate-change-u-turn

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 29, 2012 2:28:10 AM


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