The one unfortunate outcome of the release of this study has been that quite a few news outlets only lead with the global warming aspect as the cause. In reality JPL even states that much of the warming has come from the urban heat island effect. Of course that is not as sexy or politically correct as global warming. But it is a good study and does show the effects of urbanization, really anywhere in the country or world, on the weather.
Al Gore said in San Jose on Saturday that the climate crisis deserves the same type of attention and money from Washington that the financial meltdown is getting.
Just because it's been cooler, doesn't mean climate change has taken a break. Jon Mittelstadt, science and operations officer at the Pendleton National Weather Service station agreed the weather's been cooler in Eastern Oregon. The cooler temperatures and greater snowpack this year are related to a cyclic phenomenon that is far more regular, and in some ways more extreme, than climate change.
WASHINGTON -- The growing U.S. market for carbon offsets -- vouchers that let companies and individuals project an environmentally friendly image by paying others to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions -- is so opaque and loosely regulated that it offers consumers "limited assurance of credibility," according to a federal audit.