Apparently, 2005 has registered as one of the hottest worldwide temperature averages to date (it is tied with 1998's numbers). Furthurmore, since humans began using modern temperature measuring devices (approx. 1880), the Northern Hemisphere has never been this hot. What makes this information even more vital is the fact that 1998's numbers were pushed due to uncommonly strong El Nino conditions, a phenomenon resulting in the warming of Pacific waters. 2005 did not experience a significant El Nino. 19 of the hottest 20 years on record have occurred since 1980. From this data alone, it would be extremely irrational to write off global warming as false or even as a low threat. This is something our Economic Framework for a National Energy Policy must embrace. The most disturbing news I recieved from this article is summed up in the following quote:
Dr. Marcia Baker writes, "Because most global warming emissions remain in the atmosphere for decades or centuries, the energy choices we make today greatly influence the climate our children and grandchildren inherit. We have the technology to increase energy efficiency, significantly reduce these emissions from our energy and land use, and secure a high quality of life for future generations. We must act now to avoid dangerous consequences."
According to this excerpt, we don't have alot of time to lose; as every year of lackadaisical prevention effort passes, along comes tens to hundreds of years of living with this pollution.