The Anomaly Pages



The January 1996 blizzard that blanketed the East Coast actually indicated that the world is getting warmer, noted Jessica Mathews in an article for the Washington Post, which was reprinted in other newspapers circa January 18, 1996.

She commented on how warm air better retains moisture, and how ground-based liquid evaporates more quickly. These lead to a greater amount of precipitation, and the accompanying "more vigorous global hydrological cycle" is a symptom of a climate influenced by the greenhouse effect.

In December 1995, 120 governments agreed that "the balance of evidence...suggests a discernible influence on global climate." Now that the hazard has been discerned, can it be acted on in time?

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