2011 was officially the 9th warmest year on record

Warmer than average global surface temperatures in 2011 added up to make the year the 9th warmest on record, or since 1880, when modern record-keeping began, according to NASA.

The finding, according to NASA scientists at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), confirms that the Earth’s temperatures are warming overall, with 9 of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2000. The only 20th Century year in the top ten was 1998. (2005 and 2010 tied for the hottest year(s) on record.)

Disney’s ‘earth’ an homage to the animal world

From Green Right Now Reports

Disneynature’s homage to the Earth, five years in the making and fittingly entitled earth, is headed for the theaters this spring.

In anticipation of the opening on Earth Day, April 22, Disney has released photos and clips from the movie along with a list of trivia notes and facts about the film and some of its 42 animal subjects. Wildlife featured include cheetahs, the world’s fastest animal with top speed of about 70 miles per hour; demoiselle cranes, capable of flying at altitudes of 25,000 feet and Great White Sharks, the world’s largest marine predator.