Dr. Shaye Wolf, climate science director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The blazing temperatures that scorched America in 2012 are a bitter taste of the climate chaos ahead. Science tells us that our rapidly warming planet will endure more heat waves, droughts and extreme weather. The president needs to start making full use of the Clean Air Act to fight greenhouse gas emissions, before it’s too late.”
Among the statistics from NOAA:
Every state in the contiguous US had an above-average annual temperature for 2012, with 19 states seeing a record warm year and an additional 26 one of their 10 warmest.
2012 started with the fourth-warmest winter on record, followed by the warmest March and July.
2012 also saw the second-most extreme weather on the books, according to the Climate Extremes Index.