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Jan062010

The Hottest Decade Begins

2009 started with a bang. A new President, new promises, a new vision for America. Unfortunately that car ran out of gas somewhere between the bible belt & the rust belt. We're bidding adieu to 2009 & welcoming 2010 with roughly the same warm greeting usually reserved for in laws and the IRS. All is not doom and gloom though for 2009. We did substantially raise the level of conversation in this country about climate change, clean fuels and sustainable living and I look forward to seeing some of these plans come to fruition over the next year.

In the meantime climate change is a problem that is not going away. (No matter what memo you read that said otherwise) For anyone still questioning climate change you'll be happy to know this next decade will be a scorcher.

psst don't look know but 2000-20009 set a few red flags up too...
Yup, the aughts or naughts or naughties or whatever you want to call them have been confirmed to be the hottest decade in recorded history--a full 0.2 degrees C warmer than the nineties. And now, as Joe Romm puts it, "the hottest decade begins." So were do we stand?

Yes, barring a spate of supervolcano eruptions or some sort of galactic alien cooling beam directed at earth, the '10s are almost certainly going to be even hotter than the '00s. The trend, unfortunately, is continuing interrupted (the '90s were previously the hottest on record, with temps 0.14 degrees C warmer than the '80s) thanks in part to the near complete lack of carbon emissions reductions by the world's biggest polluters. Here's looking at you, USA and China.

It is a shame that we're ending this decade, in which awareness of climate change rose to an all time high, mired in global discord on how to mitigate the threat, without a binding agreement from Copenhagen, still stuck battling big coal and oil funded climate change skeptics who'd rather protect their interests in the status quo than help forge solutions to an incoming worldwide disaster, and without any meaningful legislation in the US addressing global warming.

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