Climate Denial Crock of the Week - Heatwave Edition
by Charles Lemos, Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 05:49:18 PM EDT
The July 30th edition of Peter Sinclair's Climate Denial Crock of the Week tackles the latest deranged response by the obstreperous climate change deniers to the inescapable fact that 2010 promises to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest on record.
The Week looks at the Russian heatwave, one of the more notable extreme weather events afflicting the planet, by the numbers:
Normal daily high in Moscow during the summer months
Temperature in Moscow on Thursday — the highest reading ever in the city
Temperature on Monday in the fire-ravaged southern provence of Voronezh
Acres of crops ruined by the heat wave
Expected decline in Russia's wheat exports this year
Increase in air pollution in Moscow last week due to peat bog fires near the city
Packs of cigarettes one would have to smoke per day to equal the effects of Moscow's smog-choked air
Increase in sales of Russian soft drinks
Number of new fires emergency crews have discovered in the past day
Number of people working to fight the blazes
Approximate number of people — many of them intoxicated — who have drowned while attempting to cool off in rivers
Date on which Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox church, asked for all Russians to "to unite in prayer for rain to descend on our earth."