"Evidence for Climate Change Caused by Man Mounts"
"One degree Fahrenheit might not sound like a lot, but picture the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a cup of water that amount. Multiply that for a swimming pool. Do so again for a planet, say Earth.
For biology and environmental studies professor Dan Perlman of Brandeis University in Waltham, that's the import of a new report citing the past decade as the globe's warmest on record, by nearly one degree.
'That, along with all the other evidence, continues to support the idea that we're in store for something really big here,' Perlman said this past week, citing his belief that man-made emissions are artificially warming the Earth. 'It's like it's another few bricks in our certainty.'
The report, issued Tuesday by the National Climatic Data Center, found that the decade 2000 to 2009 had the highest average temperature dating back to the start of record-keeping in 1880. The decade was 0.96 degree warmer than the 129-year average, breaking the record of 0.56 degree warmer set by the '90s and continuing a trend from the '60s."
See Also:Source: Metrowest Daily News, 01/25/2010