One of the many images in the NASA Climate Change archive
The snows of Snowmageddon have mostly melted, and the “Winter” games in Vancouver are all done too. Could it be time now to resume serious discussion of climate change?
Scientists at NASA may have about as good a view of the planet as anyone. And to help spread their knowledge about the Earth’s warming temperatures and the consequences of that, the agency has launched a new Website, “A Warming World,” with a series of visualizations and articles giving the agency’s singularly authoritative perspective on the matter.
For the naysayers who cited some recent snowstorms as evidence that global warning is imaginary, the page explores the recent severe weather and discusses how El Nino and other longer-term ocean-atmosphere phenomena may affect global temperatures this year and in the future.
One video, “Piecing Together the Temperature Puzzle,” illustrates how NASA satellites monitor climate change and help scientists better understand how our planet works.
And did you know that 2009 was the second warmest year since people started accurately measure temperature, and the decade 2000-2009 was the warmest on record?
That kind of information, and much more, is available in a series of interactive graphic presentations. There are also visualizations on other topics related to climate change, like fire, floods, melting glaciers and ice caps, disease, drought and more.
It’s good visually and it’s good information, especially in the face of rising political pressure to downplay the scientific consensus that greenhouse gases are, in fact, responsible for rising temperatures, and that the consequences to the planet could be catastrophic.
So, for an appealing and sound contribution to the debate, the NASA’s Global Climate Change Web site is the Government Video Website of the Week!!
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