Globally, the second quarter of this year was the hottest on record

Here in America’s heartland, we had a fairly cool spring season this year — but the world as a whole decidedly did not. The story is HERE: You may recall that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported last month that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. Well, the JMA reported Monday that last month was the hottest June in more than 120 years of record-keeping. That makes 3 straight record-breaking months for JMA — the hottest second quarter on record. It also means we had the hottest March-June...

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Greenhouse gases are bad for the oceans as well as the air

THIS STUFF won’t likely arouse any concern among global-warming deniers, but it should be cause for alarm among the rest of us: Rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are causing global temperatures to rise, which is leading to the melting of the polar ice caps, which in turn has resulted in rising sea levels and a host of ecological issues. It’s also causing the chemical makeup of the world’s oceans to change so rapidly. Carbon dioxide, one of the key perpetrators in the lineup of man-made greenhouse gases, is absorbed by seawater,...

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Obama seems to relish making fun of global-warming deniers

For some reason, liberals are more adept than conservatives at using mockery and sarcasm as political weapons. That’s why there’s no effective right-wing counterpart to the satirical stuff Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert peddle on TV every night. Perhaps the most prominent practitioner of this derisive art form these days is the guy in the White House, as we see HERE: The sarcastic bear is loose, and he’s loving every minute of it. President Barack Obama is letting his inner Don Rickles run free, mocking climate deniers as the...

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Bipartisan report: Global warming poses big threat to U.S. economy

Die-hard global-warming denialists won’t likely be swayed by THIS, but people of open minds might learn a thing or two from it: More than a million homes and businesses along the nation’s coasts could flood repeatedly before ultimately being destroyed. Entire states in the Southeast and the Corn Belt may lose much of their agriculture as farming shifts northward in a warming world. Heat and humidity will probably grow so intense that spending time outside will become physically dangerous, throwing industries like construction and...

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The difference between global warming and climate change is one of cause and effect

The myopia and conspiratorialism  of global-warming deniers are such that we shouldn’t be surprised when those folks say there’s something fishy about scientists seeming to have substituted the term “climate change” for “global warming.” I’ve even read cockamamie arguments that the substitution was prompted by the realization among climate alarmists that global warming has pretty much ended, so a repackaging is in order. Allow me to explain the situation in three simple steps: 1. While there’s...

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