9 of ten hottest years world wide in the last decade

The global average temperature last year was the ninth-warmest in the modern meteorological record, continuing a trend linked to greenhouse gases that saw nine of the 10 hottest years occurring since the year 2000, NASA scientists said on Thursday.

A separate report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the average temperature for the United States in 2011 as the 23rd warmest year on record.

The global average surface temperature for 2011 was 0.92 degrees F (0.51 degrees C) warmer than the mid-20th century baseline temperature, researchers at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said in a statement. The institute’s temperature record began in 1880.

The first 11 years of the new century were notably hotter than the middle and late 20th century, according to institute director James Hansen. The only year from the 20th century that was among the top 10 warmest years was 1998.

These high global temperatures come even with the cooling effects of a strong La Nina ocean temperature pattern and low solar activity for the past several years, said Hansen, who has long campaigned against human-spurred climate change.

The NASA statement said the current higher temperatures are largely sustained by increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is emitted by various human activities, from coal-fired power plants to fossil-fueled vehicles to human breath.

Current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceed 390 parts per million, compared with 285 ppm in 1880 and 315 by 1960, NASA said.

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Other EV long distance races.

As long as we are talking about the Trek to Change the World, from Maine to Washington State, let’s remind ourselves of other great efforts. Minddrive.org I blogged about.minddrive
Their update is that they hope to raise $100,000 [about half way there now] and leave on their Trek in June 2012. Previously, the fabulous Green Endurance team from England drove from Alaska down the the southernmost town in the world, at the south tip of South America in 140 days, 70 days of driving and 70 days of visiting. They completed their journey in November of 2010. History. But they have more planned for the future, natch !

Trek to change the world.

You saw my recent post on Minddrive.org, the high school kids with their hopes for a coast to coast run in a four wheeler. Now comes www.trektochangetheworld.com. ALex Foster and crew will take their electric trike with solar panels charging the batteries from Maine thru the South to Washington State. Check out their web site. We support them ! Go Trekkers !