2011 Ranking; US Annual Average Temperature

The 2 Percent Factor—Where We Live

, senior climate scientist

They say all politics is local and the same could be true about our perspective this time of year when the annual global average temperature numbers are released. The land area for the United States is only around 2 percent of the Earth’s surface. Though obvious, it is not always uppermost in our thoughts that what’s happening with the weather or the average temperature in our small backyard of the United States may not be the temperature around the rest of the world. Read more >

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