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Buffalo News: Owners of coal-fired Somerset power plant seek more tax breaks – by Thomas Prohaska, June 13, 2018
New York Times: Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels – by Keith Bradsher, June 11, 2018
New York Times: A Year After Trumps Paris Pullout, U.S. Companies Are Driving a Renewables Boom – by Brad Plumer, June 1, 2018
New York Times: Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S. – by Stanley Reed and Ivan Penn, May 23, 2018
Buffalo News: Wind farms are the way to go for a clean energy future – by David Olejniczak, April 27, 2018
Buffalo News: Another Voice: Misguided bill undermines Defense Department, wind energy industry – by Jon Powers, April 26, 2018
Buffalo News: Another Voice: An insecticide threatens the next silent spring– by Laurel Hopwood, April 1, 2018
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Los Angeles Times: Why California Is Lagging Behind the Rest of the Country When It Comes to Offshore Wind Farms – by Rob Nikolewski, July 4, 2016
Buffalo News Opinion: Pope is exactly right on environmental point By Lucille Gervase, August 4, 2015
Buffalo News Another Voice: We should heed counsel of the pope By Judy Fitzgerald, July 28, 2015
The Buffalo News Opinion
Letter: Although it’s cold here, planet is still warming March 1, 2015
The front-page illustration titled “The big chill” in The News on Feb. 20 was an eye-catching reminder of the extremely cold temperatures we experienced at the beginning of 2015. January’s high temperatures of all but seven of the days were below the long-term average, as were all but two of the 20 days in February thus far.
Some may interpret such extended cold spells as evidence against global warming. However, that view is incorrect.
Global warming is assessed by measuring temperatures at numerous locations on land around the world as well as in the oceans that make up more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface. Measurements are made over time and the global average temperature is determined.
The Buffalo area comprises only a tiny fraction of the surface of the globe, and so local temperatures make only a small contribution to the global average temperature.
Despite the local “big chill,” the planet continued to warm in January. In fact, the global average temperature was the second-highest since records began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This finding follows in the wake of 2014 as the hottest year on record and the 38th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures.
NOAA displayed its global analysis of January temperatures on a world map showing that the New York State region, including Buffalo, was “cooler than average.” In contrast, however, the Western United States and even parts of Alaska showed above-average warming, as did most other regions on land and in oceans around the globe.
NOAA’s map can be viewed at http://www.1.usa.gov/1LyVEXt.
David Kowalski, Snyder