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Reports don’t bode well for planet’s health

Three recent reports make it more difficult to dismiss concerns about global warming and the planet’s health, Time magazine reported. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined that 2014 was the hottest year since reliable record keeping started in 1880. A study in Nature determined that sea levels rose three times faster between 1993 and 2010 than between 1901 and 1990. And the journal Science reported that marine life forms are growing sicker and that a major extinction event is a real possibility. The independent organization Berkeley Earth also listed 2014 as the warmest year but concluded that the margin of uncertainty in the calculations made it impossible to conclude for certain whether 2014, 2010 or 2005 was the warmest year. – Phillip Brownlee