Whatever Happened to Global Warming?

Sorry, folks, a cold snap doesn't reverse trend
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 8, 2010 3:48 AM CST
Updated Jan 8, 2010 6:17 AM CST
Snow-encrusted buses line up in a suburb of Omaha, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – Fox News is basking in this year's frigid winter because it apparently disproves global warming. "Yeah, that global warning thing is really kicking into high gear, isn't it?" sniggered Foxman Steve Doocy recently as he reported record lows across the nation. Dufus! "The ability to distinguish trends from complex random events is one of the traits that separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom," snorts the Guardian, adding that a brief weather pattern has nothing to do with a climate trend.

"The cold snap doesn't disprove global warming at all —it's just a blip in the long-term heating trend," a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research tells AP. With global warming, he added, "we'll still have record cold temperatures. We'll just have fewer of them." In fact, 2009 ranks as one of the ten warmest years since 1880. So enjoy the cold while you can.

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