*NEWS*EARTH’S TEMPERATURES @RECORD LEVELS

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*NEWS*EARTH’S TEMPERATURES @RECORD LEVELS

 user 2006-11-06 at 11:47:00 am Views: 41
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    Earth’s Temperatures Rising to Record Levels
    Earth Headed for Warmest Temps in a Million Years
    Scientists Also Rebuke Popular Author Michael Crichton
    (NOV.
    06) – In about 45 years, temperatures on Earth will be hotter than at
    anytime during the past one million years, says the U.S. government’s
    top climatologist in a new report released today.According to the
    report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
    Sciences, the planet is just two degrees shy of an average temperature
    of 59 degrees Fahrenheit, which is what they believe the temperature
    was about a million years ago.NASA’s James Hansen, along with
    colleagues from the University of California and Columbia University,
    are for the first time, marking a calendar signaling the approach of
    temperatures that humans have never experienced.”Humans are now in
    control of the Earth’s climate, for better or worse,” Hansen tells ABC
    News.Based on a “business as usual” scenario in which greenhouse gasses
    continue to rise unabated, Hansen says we’ll break the million-year-old
    record in about 45 years. But he stresses we can’t wait that long to
    cut greenhouse gas pollution, because of the decades it takes for the
    climate system to respond to changes.”We need to get started now,” he
    says. “We can’t wait another decade or two to take this
    seriously.”Those 2 degrees the scientists are talking about may not
    sound like much, but what that change means is that by mid-century, the
    world will experience even more record heat waves, wildfires, more
    intense storms and flooding.In other parts of the world, the increase
    may worsen drought conditions as more mountain glaciers and snow packs
    vanish, no longer sending water to the valleys below.And in a highly
    unusual move for a scientific paper, the authors devote eight
    paragraphs to systematically deconstructing the assertions of a
    prominent science fiction novelist. In the non-fiction sections of his
    2004 book “State of Fear,” best-selling author Michael Crichton wrote
    that Hansen’s climate change calculations were “wrong by 300
    percent.”Hansen says Crichton misrepresented his scientific work and,
    adds the scientist, has done so in testimony before Congress and in a
    meeting with President Bush — even though he is not a climate
    expert.”He is propagating false information to the public,” Hansen
    says.Crichton, through a publicist, declined ABC News’ request for an
    interview.