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January 8, 2019 at 10:31 am

Hicks in Dispatch | Warming Planet Has Real Impact on All of Us, Economically and Otherwise

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, portrait

Dr. Kenneth Hicks

Dr. Kenneth Hicks, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, authored a column in the Columbus Dispatch headlined “Warming planet has real impact on all of us, economically and otherwise.”

Many of the satellites orbiting above look inward, toward Earth. For the past three decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has had satellites in polar orbits that measure the heat radiated from Earth into space, which is directly correlated with the average temperature of the air and ocean or land just below it.

These and other data show that our planet has warmed about 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century. Similar measurements by satellites launched by the European Space Administration agree.

Read more in the Dispatch.

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