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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced that, from December to February, global land and ocean surface temperatures rose by 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit. However, NOAA was quick to point out that it did not believe the increase is a result of human inducement. Instead, the organization indicated that El Nino played a significant role.
Jay Lawrimore of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center said, “Contributing factors were the long-term trend toward warmer temperatures as well as a moderate El Nino in the Pacific,” adding, “We don’t say this winter is evidence of the influence of greenhouse gases” (BBC News).
That said, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last month stating that global warming is “very likely” linked to human beings in some way. The panel is 90% certain that human beings, not natural occurrences, are the cause of the warming trend.
Many experts are predicting that 2007 will be the warmest year on record.
Global warming, regardless of the cause, does in fact pose a real danger to mankind. Will human beings be able to find a solution? Or will it lead to cataclysmic events? Read our article “Global Warming – Reason for Alarm?” to learn what the outcome will be.