Published on February 24th, 2010 | by Tina Casey12
NASA to Earth: Global Warming is for Real, Folks!
NASA is putting its two cents into the global warming conversation with a new website that details the climate change phenomenon from soup to nuts, including videos, articles and a huge archive of images.
Those of you who still believe that NASA faked the moon landing with outtakes from director Stanley Kubrik’s classic sci fi romp 2001: A Space Odyssey will probably want to take a pass on this and go straight to the Shutter Island website for the inside scoop on conspiracy theories, but if you are interested in what’s actually going on out there the link to NASA’s Global Climate Change website is http://climate.nasa.gov/warmingworld.
NASA’s Climate Change 101
According to NASA’s study of global temperature data, the past decade was the warmest on record and 2009 is tied for second place as the warmest year since modern global record keeping began 130 years ago. Yes, the U.S is having an especially nasty winter this year but there is a whole big planet out there and lots of other stuff is going on.
Climate Change: Follow the Money
Not that money is equivalent to truth, but sometimes it can be an indication of motives. It’s no accident that oil money is behind organizations like the Southeastern Legal Foundation, which is challenging the U.S. EPA on greenhouse gas emissions, to say nothing of Exxon’s history of involvement in climate denialism. Contrast that to the U.S. Department of Defense, which just issued a Quadrennial Defense Review assessing threats to national security that basically put the entire U.S. military on global warming alert. So, follow the money: some companies are betting against global warming (and therefore against our national security if you believe the DoD), but a growing list of other companies are putting their money behind NASA and the DoD by supporting climate legislation and engaging in national sustainability initiatives.
Image: NASA logo by http 2007 on flickr.com.