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Friday, October 12, 2007

Hotter Nights And Global Warming: Ohio's Climatologist Offers Inconvenient Proof

COLUMBUS (TDB) -- A scientist at Ohio State University released a research study this week supportive of global warming. It agrees with Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who won a Nobel Peace Prize today for spreading awareness of man-made global warming. It says summer nights in the Buckeye State have grown 3 degrees hotter since the 1960s. The increase is seen as a signal that the climate has been altered in the Midwest, probably as a result of human actions. The school's report is here and got some attention but deserves much more . Ohio's state climatologist, Jeffrey Rogers, is the lead author of the study.

"A lot of Americans might expect that global climate change would cause extremely high daytime temperatures in the summer. But in Ohio at least, the high temperatures haven't been changing -- it's the overnight low temperatures that have been creeping up. That means the average temperature over the 24-hour period is creeping up as well.

"In Ohio, we don't have a clear signal of global change, like you have in the Arctic, where sea ice is melting. But these nighttime lows are the next closest thing."

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