Whew, it was getting Hot out there: Last year may have seemed average as far as hot weather is concerned, but this report from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suggests otherwise [image from NOAA]:
Greenhouse gases likely accounted for more than half of the widespread warmth across the continental United States last year, according to a new study by four scientists at NOAA's Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, Colo.
The annual average temperature in 2006 was 2.1 degrees F above the 20th Century average and marked the ninth consecutive year of above-normal U.S. temperatures. Each of the contiguous 48 states reported above-normal annual temperatures and, for the majority of states, 2006 ranked among the 10 hottest years since 1895.
Well, even the military is going Green, and we ain't talking camouflage uniforms; from Earth2Tech:
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words eco and military strung together is irony, right? Isn’t it hypocritical to use clean technology like solar, biofuel, fuel cells and hybrid vehicles, while “securing” nations with rich oil reserves? The U.S. military doesn’t think so. It wants to save money on energy, use new technologies that can be useful in remote environments, and heck, maybe even get some of that green PR in there as well.
Noted are seven "eco tools the military has been working on or with," including Solar Field Shelters, Military Aviation Biofuel, Fuel Cells and the piece-de-resistance!...
The Ground Combat Hybrid...military vehicles with a hybrid electric drive system! [image from Earth2tech.com].
Well the energy savings could allow the Pentagon to record more missions on their current budget. Let's invade Iran for a start.