Reposted U.S. Newswire Press Release
30 Oct. 2003 8:28 AM
Senior Scientist: Rapid Global Warming is Happening Now
10/30/03 8:28:00 AM
To: National Desk, Environment, Political, Transportation Reporter
Contact: Patrick Neuman of the National Weather Service,
952-906-2824, or Jack Saporito of the Alliance of Residents
Concerning O'Hare, 847-506-0670
CHICAGO, Oct. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Following is a statement
of Patrick Neuman, senior hydrologist with the National Weather
An enormous number of well-documented findings on climate
change by the world's most knowledgeable scientists are being
put together ... like pieces to a giant puzzle.
The picture is clear. Rapid global warming is happening now.
Rapid global warming, by this author, means a climate that is
warming much too quickly to allow adaptation by many species
of plants and animals.
Neuman just presented his findings on regional climate warming
to colleagues at the NOAA 28th Annual Climate Diagnostics and
Prediction Workshop. The Workshop was sponsored by the NWS
Climate Prediction Center, the Desert Research Institute,
and the American Meteorological Society. Neuman's work was
received with great concern by several Workshop participants.
The paper with Neuman's findings is titled: "Earlier Seasonal
Snowmelt Runoff in the Upper Midwest-Northern Great Plains".
The area includes headwaters to Hudson Bay, the Great Lakes
and the Mississippi River basin.
Interestingly, the snowmelt runoff study was not based on air
temperature data. Instead, daily river flows from the United States
Geological Survey (USGS) were used to evaluate timing of spring
snowmelt runoff over the last 100 years.
The study shows that the beginning dates of spring snowmelt
runoff have been occurring two to four weeks earlier now than
occurred historically at USGS river stations analyzed in the study.
significantly, the study shows an increase of much earlier snowmelt
runoff from 1980 to current.
We know that the cause of this rapid global warming is the heavy
accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from massive
emissions from burning fossil fuels for power generation. Very
damaging is the direct discharge of greenhouse gas emissions
and secondary effects such as contrail effects, which are coming
from commercial jet aviation, an industry that disregards the damage
to the global environment and to human health.
We know that global warming will continue for hundreds of years,
and likely well beyond. What is uncertain now is whether the enormous
amounts of greenhouse gases being emitted annually will continue
to increase or decrease, and the specific time frames involved.
Neuman stated, "We are already witness to conclusive evidence
that human activities have caused rapid increases in temperatures
in the United States and the world. We know the rate of warming is
and will continue to be rapid. We just aren't sure how rapid, and
exactly what impacts we face as a human race now responsible
by our actions for the survival of all living species on Earth."
Editors note: The figures and tables that go with the narrative are
extremely important and telling of rapid regional climate warming
in the Upper Midwest-Great Plains. The narrative for the Workshop
and data can be found at:
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