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Signs of climate change are obvious
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Published: 8/19/2010 12:01 AM

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Global warming deniers are silent. The first six months of 2010 were the hottest in recorded history. They see that an island of ice four times the size of Manhattan and half as thick in height as the Empire State Building breaks off Greenland and say nothing. Since April, China has had record rains and flooding that had killed over 700 people and forced 8.1 million to relocate. Recent floods in Pakistan have killed over 1,000 people and displaced at least 2 million.

Ten percent of Russia is burning. Hundreds of forest and peat bog fires have ignited amid the country's most intense heat wave in 130 years. Russia has announced it is temporarily banning the export of grain after drought and fires devastated about a fifth of its grain crop.

On Aug. 7 Moscow saw its worst air pollution in 2010, with carbon monoxide levels being 6.5 times more than maximum allowable concentrations. The concentration of other poisonous substances in the city air was nine times above the norm.

Yet, despite all this overwhelming evidence of global warming, all they need to see is one unexpectedly cold day and they dismiss global warming as a hoax.

John Morgan

Arlington Heights