This is for our misinformed and mistaken Republican friends down in the States, who still don’t believe that global warming is real!
By James B. Kelleher, Reuters
CHICAGO – The year 2012 was the warmest on record for the United States and Canada, beating the previous record by a full degree in temperature, a government climate agency said on Tuesday.
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average temperature in 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit (12.94 degrees Celsius), 3.2 degrees above the average recorded during the 20th century and 1.0 degree above 1998, until now the hottest on record.
The dramatic recent decline in Arctic sea-ice cover is illustrated in new data from Europe’s Cryosat mission.
imagesCAKVPCIAThe spacecraft, which uses radar to estimate the thickness of marine floes, has observed a deep reduction in the volume of ice during autumn months.
For the years 2010-2012, this is down a third compared with data for 2003-2008.
AND WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT ………………..,  I could swear I saw an eskimo walk past my bedroom window this morning, but I could be mistaken.