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Commack Student, Teacher Duo Publish Climate Change Research Paper

Their study was published by the Journal of Emerging Investigators.

Hugh Han and teacher Richard Kurtz after learning that their paper was accepted and published by the "Journal of Emerging Investigators." Photo by Brenda Lentsch.
Hugh Han and teacher Richard Kurtz after learning that their paper was accepted and published by the "Journal of Emerging Investigators." Photo by Brenda Lentsch.

A Commack High School student and his teacher teamed up to write a research paper exposing a disturbing trend of climate change.

Senior Hugh Han and science research teacher Richard Kurtz coauthored the research paper, which compared primary temperature and precipitation data from almost 200 years ago against present day data, and found that the average annual temperature in metropolitan (downstate) New York has risen significantly over this time.

The pair’s research paper was submitted to the "Journal of Emerging Investigators," and is published on its website. The paper is titled "An Investigative Analysis of Climate Change Using Historical and Modern Weather Data." 

In their research, the pair compared meteorological differences between the 1800s and 2000s using recorded historical and modern weather data from four different time periods, each separated by approximately 60 years.

Results showed that annual mean temperatures have increased at higher rates in more recent years and that the number of extreme days each year, defined as the days with temperatures greater than or equal to 90ºF or temperatures less than or equal to 10ºF increased over time. The data confirmed that both the daily minimum temperatures and daily maximum temperatures in almost every month have increased over time. They also found that annual mean temperatures have not only increased, but are rising at a drastically increased rate than they have in the past.

"The rate at which the climate is currently changing is a threat to the environment and the dangers of global warming concern scientists, policy makers, and the general public throughout the world," Han and Kurtz stated.

Greg Martinez January 06, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Some of their heroes studying alleged global warming are stuck in the ice in Antarctica. Regarding Climate Change, we used to call that weather.
GLENN January 06, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Did Billy Gates fund this "research" race to the top.
knee jerk January 07, 2014 at 09:48 AM
What a great day to print this article, a high of about 50 and a low of about 10 with wind gusts around 30 (howling). Talk about extremes. Global warming is not all bad. Everyone wants waterfront property, and in a few hundred years all this Commack real estate may well be.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 25, 2014 at 02:42 AM
200 YEARS AGO WE WERE STILL IN THE LITTLE ICE AGE!! We have been coming out of the little ice age since before the industrial revolution. Convenient timeline to "prove" AGW. That LIA coincieded with the Maunder Minimum and other some Earth events. The Sun cycle peaked with temps 15 years ago. We are now moving toward what may be more cold. Funny also the study was with 60 year cycles wich also coincides with some sea, and other cycles. Their is always more to any global warming story before the facts are found out READ FROM THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION: ( http://altadena.patch.com/groups/global-warming-on-ice--/p/465a21f0-ae81-4e9a-a0fe-b77dfbbc4469 )

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