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Rush Limbaugh – "It's a Hoax"; World's most-populous country to phase out energy-inefficient bulbs; National Climate Data Center - September Report; Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters; Richard Somerville ABC Interview

Rush Limbaugh – "It's a Hoax"

October 31, 2011 5:00 pm ET by Leslie Rosenberg

Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, referring to global waring"It's a Hoax" "There are plenty of stupid people in this country", clearly referring to anyone that believes 'Al Gore' regarding global warming. The key point that Rush Limbaugh misses is that the science has nothing to do with Al Gore. The science is done by scientists, universities, and national weather services all around the world collecting and analyzing data.

Source: Media Matters

(Incandescent) lights to go out in China

World's most-populous country to phase out energy-inefficient bulbs

updated

China announced Friday it will phase out incandescent light bulbs within five years in an attempt to make the world's most polluting nation more energy efficient.

China will ban imports and sales of 100-watt and higher incandescent bulbs from Oct. 1, 2012, the country's main planning agency said.

It will extend the ban to 60-watt and higher bulbs on Oct. 1, 2014, and to 15-watt and higher bulbs on Oct. 1, 2016. The time frame for the last step may be adjusted according to an evaluation in September 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission said.

Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45166535/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

National Climate Data Center - September Report

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2011/9

Global Highlights

  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for September 2011 was the eighth warmest on record at 15.53°C (59.95°F), which is (0.53°C) 0.95°F above the 20th century average of 15.0°C (59.0°F). The margin of error associated with this temperature is +/- 0.11°C (0.20°F).
  • Separately, the global land surface temperature was 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F), making this the fourth warmest September on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.24°C (0.43°F). Warmer-than-average conditions occurred across Europe, northern and western Africa, the Middle East, western Russia, the western and northeastern United States, and Mexico. Cooler-than-average regions included much of eastern Asia, western Canada and southeastern Alaska, and part of the central United States.
  • Separately, the global land surface temperature was 0.87°C (1.57°F) above the 20th century average of 12.0°C (53.6°F), making this the fourth warmest September on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.24°C (0.43°F).
  • The September global ocean surface temperature was 0.40°C (0.72°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F), making it the 14th warmest September on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.04°C (0.07°F). The warmth was most pronounced across the north central and northwest Pacific Ocean and within about the 30°N–40°N latitude belt across the Atlantic.
  • The September global ocean surface temperature was 0.40°C (0.72°F) above the 20th century average of 16.2°C (61.1°F), making it the 14th warmest September on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.04°C (0.07°F).
  • The United Kingdom marked its warmest September since 2006 and sixth warmest in the last 100 years, at 1.5°C (2.7°F) above the 1971–2000 average.
  • Spain had its warmest September since 1990 for the and fifth warmest over the past 50 years, at 1.8°C (3.2°F).
  • The combined global land and ocean average surface temperature for the January – September period was 0.51°C (0.92°F) above the 20th century average of 14.1°C (57.5°F), making it the 11th warmest such period on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.10°C (0.18°F).
  • The January – September worldwide land surface temperature was 0.80°C (1.44°F) above the 20th century average — the 7th warmest such period on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.20°C (0.36°F). The global ocean surface temperature for the year to date was 0.41°C (0.74°F) above the 20th century average and was the 12th warmest such period on record. The margin of error is +/- 0.04°C (0.07°F).

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Billion Dollar Weather/Climate Disasters

November, 2011

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/img/reports/billion/timeseries2011prelim.jpg

 

Billion Dollar Disaster Map
Synoptic Map of Billion Dollar U.S. Weather/Climate Disasters--1980-2010
(Click on the image for a larger view- print in landscape mode.)

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the “Nation’s Scorekeeper” in terms of addressing severe weather/climate events in their historical perspective. As part of its responsibility of “monitoring and assessing the climate,” NCDC tracks and evaluates climate events in the U.S. and globally that have great economic and societal impacts. NCDC is frequently called upon to provide summaries of global and US temperature and precipitation trends, extremes, and comparisons in their historical perspective.

This web page/report describes those events that have had the greatest economic impact since 1980. The authors (Ross and Lott) have also written a paper (PDF version - larger than 1.0 MB), "A Climatology of 1980-2003 Extreme Weather and Climate Events", which provides a climatology of some of these events, and relates the events to population/societal trends and climate change. Also, a 2006 conference paper provides additional details regarding this report.

Source: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/reports/billionz.html#narrative

Richard Somerville ABC Interview

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