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NOAA: Last Month Was Warmest November Ever Recorded

(NOAA/NCDC)

(NOAA/NCDC)

US government scientists reported Tuesday that last month was the warmest November on record across the earth since record-keeping began in 1880.

According to preliminary data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global temperature last month was 56.6 degrees Fahrenheit (13.7 Celsius), or 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.78 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average.

November 2013 marked the 345th straight month in which recorded temperatures exceeded their historical averages. It was also the 37th straight November with above-average temperatures.

“The last below-average November global temperature was November 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985,” NOAA said.

(Stefan Rahmstorf)

(Stefan Rahmstorf)

Although much of the world, including Russia, India and the Pacific Ocean experienced record warmth last month, parts of Australia and North America were cooler than average, according to the agency.

NOAA also reported that for year-to-date temperatures, 2013 is tied with 2002 as the fourth-warmest year ever recorded.

Although much has been made, mostly in US conservative circles, about a reported “pause” or “plateau” in global warming, climate scientists have criticized the ‘pause’ study because it only shows the temperature of the air over land and water, not in the ocean waters, where most of the heat is going. Another criticism of the ‘pause’ theory claims that its cherry-picked time frame (15 years) does not accurately reflect naturally occurring temperature fluctuations which can last for multiple decades.

Indeed, fully 97 percent of more than 12,000 peer-reviewed climate science papers agree that global warming is caused by human activity, according to the the most comprehensive survey ever conducted on the subject.

Still, some of America’s largest corporations have been spending large amounts of cash to block action against climate change and sway public opinion in a skeptical or denialist direction. The Heartland Institute, a conservative think-tank dedicated to discrediting consensus climate science, has received millions of dollars in funding from the fossil fuel industry.

The following is a but a sampling of the hundreds of prominent US and international scientific bodies that agree on anthropogenic (man-made) global warming:

-American Meteorological Society
-Royal Meteorological Society
-World Meteorological Organization
-American Medical Association
-World Health Association
-American Association of Petroleum Geologists
-American Geological Institute
-NASA
-European Space Agency
-The national science academies of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, China, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, India, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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