Climate change skeptics, including the communications director for the Republican minority in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, have seized upon the unusually cold winter in North America as evidence that global warming is not really happening. There is no doubt that this year’s La Niña has led to cooler winter weather over North America than we have seen for the past decade (see figure from NYT: 1980-2008 trend), but even this cooler weather is above the 1960-1990 monthly winter average.
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If anyone is interested in staying current with what is happening in Bali during the strategy meetings to develop policies to combat global climate change, information can be found at http://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/solutions/bali-bulletin.html
WASHINGTON – The United States is lining up with, and the world’s other biggest polluters in opposition to mandatory cuts in Earth-warming greenhouse gases sought by the and European countries.
, opening Thursday, will emphasize creating more processes to find a solution to global warming, rather than setting firm goals for reducing carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for heating up the atmosphere. ‘s two-day climate meeting