U.S. West warming faster than the rest of the planet, says analysis

The U.S. West is warming faster than the rest of the country, and faster than the planet as a whole, according to an analysis of 50 scientific studies done by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. From 2003 to 2007, the globe was 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than its average 20th century temperature; during the same period, 11 Western states averaged 1.7 degrees warmer. Westerners are unlikely to dispute the findings, considering the ongoing drought. (Note: Yes, it is snowing in Seattle today; no, that does not mean global warming isn't happening.) Scientists predict that the West will continue warming at about 1.5 times the global average.

sources: Los Angeles Times, Reuters
straight to the report: Hotter and Drier: The West's Changed Climate

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