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Attn: Zach Wamp, Ron Ramsey
and all SUV-driving Brentwood Chamber of Commerce members: Despite the cold winter, global warming really is happening. That's the unfortunate verdict of scientists
who actually know what they're talking about.
"It's not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven't warmed in the past 50 years," veteran Australian climate scientist Neville Nicholls told an online climate science media briefing.
"January, according to satellite (data), was the hottest January we've ever seen," said Nicholls of Monash University's School of Geography and Environmental Science in Melbourne.
"Last November was the hottest November we've ever seen, November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen," he said of the satellite data record since 1979.
So let's review: Wamp and Ramsey may shiver sometimes and it has snowed occasionally in their general vicinity this winter, but that doesn't mean the world isn't warming. Even Brentwood will have to deal with it eventually. We know it's a difficult concept
for you to grasp, but please try. You can do it.