OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Temperature data could roil climate debates by By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman – 01/11/11 07:15 PM ET

I see this data as the baseline for global warming and believe that most will see it that way. Bottom line; this data may be the most important data out measuring global warmth. Thank you NRDC staffer.
Matt

STATE OF PLAY: 2010 climate data en route

Climate legislation is on ice, but new data about rising temperatures keeps pouring forth.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is slated to release the 2010 State of the Climate report Wednesday that will include last year’s temperature rankings.

The report could inflame debate about global warming at a time when Republicans are pushing to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.

NOAA has already reported that the January-November period was the warmest yet. “For the 2010 year-to-date (January–November), the combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 0.64°C (1.15°F) above the 20th century average — the warmest such period since records began in 1880,” according to NOAA.

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