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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:44 AM

Frankenyear 2012: Hottest on Record, as US emits 5 bn tons of CO2 Annually

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Frankenyear 2012: Hottest on Record, as US emits 5 bn tons of CO2 Annually

Published on January 9th, 2013
Written by: Juan

Can we sue the Koch brothers and all the other dirty-energy, climate change-denying moguls yet for the billions they are costing us in climate disasters every year because of their poisonous carbon emissions?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that:

“2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.”



The temperatures set records in 19 states and they were warmer than average in all of the lower 48.

Frankenyear was also the 2nd most destructive on record, lashing the nation with 11 catastrophes that reached at least $1 bn. in losses — including hurricanes, drought, wildfires, tornadoes and the great storm surge in New York City. Hurricanes are fed by warm water, and warmer water makes them more destructive and longer-lasting. It was the unusual warmth of the ocean off the New York coast that allowed Sandy to strike up there with such force. The average surface temperature of the earth has increased one Centigrade degree (1.8 Fahrenheit degrees) in the past century, and is heading for a calamitous 4 C. degrees increase in this century.

It was the 15th driest year on record. In summer of 2012, a massive drought smothered 61% of the country. Hawaii likewise was extremely dry, with drought in 63.3% of the state. On the mainland, wildfires raged through 9.2 million acres of forest, the third highest on record. The Mississippi River is so low that bigger river ships can’t go out on it, stretches of it are deserted like a ‘ghost town,’ and some of it could be closed altogether as it heads below 3 feet in depth. Ironically, the Mississippi carries a lot of hydrocarbons like petroleum, the very fuels that are causing its current travails.

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:09 AM

1. Even the steady drumbeat of Republican lies about the climate, cannot prevent...

...America from waking up to reality. Now.

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:24 AM

2. K&R....

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:02 AM

3. Fixed ignorance will be of no avail in this crucial life-or-death matter

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 11:34 AM

4. Everyone - especially Republicans -- should see this new film.

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What is happening is so very real and very NOW -- and it is impacting everything from food to coastline.

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 06:53 AM

5. Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide - Jan 11, 2013 - New York Times

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