- 1998 was the warmest year on record globally.
- 1999 was the second warmest year on record for both the U.S. and U. K.
- The earth warmed 1 degree Fahrenheit between 1900 and 2000.
- The earth is projected to get 2 to 6 degrees F. warmer by 2100.
- Ocean levels rose 4 to 10 inches between 1900 and 2000.
- Ocean levels will rise 18 to 36 inches higher by 2100.
"There's no question that greenhouse gasses are there, that they are going to increase and even if we started action now, it takes a long time for them to come out. They have a residence time of about 300 years in the atmosphere, so it's going to take a long time. We really have to do two things. One is we're going to have to learn to live with the world that has a different climate than it has today. And we're going to have to learn how to be more energy efficient."
- James Baker, Ph.D., Administrator, NOAA,
January 7, 2000
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