It’s that time of the week when we kick off a fresh thread, but with the nation in election mode we’ll be doing a few things differently here. This is our regular open thread — use it to talk about anything you like that is not connected to the federal election campaign. We’ll be moving forward with some extra threads to let everyone give their links and comments about what’s going on with the election campaigning and coverage. As always, the latest threads will have links in the sidebar to the right.

NB: To make sure readers know what’s going on, I have bumped this post to the top of the page for today — the other threads I mentioned are below, and all threads will be in the sidebar.

Let’s kick off with some climate news, which was mentioned by monkeywrench in the weekend thread. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its “State of the Climate” report for June 2010:

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For me, the key points in the report are these:

June 2010 was the fourth consecutive warmest month on record (March, April, and May 2010 were also the warmest on record). This was the 304th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985.

If that doesn’t count as evidence of a clear (and alarming) long-term trend, I don’t know what does.

Have at it.

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