Much controversy surrounds the topic of global warming to be sure. But this fact is clear: Global temperatures have not dipped below average since 1985. That’s more than 330 months in a row. No one younger than 28 has ever seen a month in which global temperatures were below average.
Looking just at the U.S. climate, January-October 2012 were the warmest first 10 months of any year in U.S. history, with temperatures 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 55 degrees.
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