Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70%

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The average temperature for the U.S. during June was 71.2 degrees Fahrenheit (21.7 Celsius), which is 2 degrees higher than the average for the 20th century, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The June temperatures made the preceding 12 months the warmest since record-keeping began in 1895, the government agency said. The U.S. is also experiencing its worst drought since 1956, with 55 percent of the contiguous states in moderate to severe drought.

Global temperatures reached a record in 2010, with data showing surface temperatures increased at a rate of about 0.31 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980, according to a NOAA report released this month. Those temperatures fell last year because of the effect of La Nina, a weather pattern associated with cooler waters in the equatorial Pacific. Still, it was one of the 15 warmest years on record, the annual State of the Climate report said.

So now - In a US poll taken in July, 70 percent of respondents said they think the climate is changing, compared with 65 percent in a similar poll in March. Those saying it’s not taking place fell to 15 percent from 22 percent, according to data set to be released this week by the UT Energy Poll.