Editorial

U.S. of A.: The hot zone

January 13, 2013 

It really was hotter, as it turns out. Yes, during those summer days when you walked around thinking, “I don’t believe I’ve ever been so hot,” you were probably right. In the lower 48 states in 2012, federal records show, 2012 was the hottest year ever in all states. Not just thousands, but tens of thousands of heat records, were set at weather stations.

(And could 2013 be ever warmer? There was a warming late last week and a flirtation with the 70s in the Triangle.)

The speculation is that when all the global figures are released in the coming weeks, they’ll show that the 10 warmest years ever have come along in the last 15 years. So reports The New York Times. Which means that contrary to what some conspiracy theorists and anti-green folks say, this global warming thing may be more than a theory after all. If so, then the work toward reducing greenhouse gases is hardly done.

It’s not easy being green, Kermit the Frog used to say. Yep, and it turns out being brown also can make you work up a sweat.

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