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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The local airport weather station managed to post an above zero high temperature yesterday for the fourth time this month, but the first one since the third of month.

It left the monthly average through the first half of the month this year at minus three and a half, which is about three and half degrees warmer than the local area norm for this time of year.

However, before you say global warming, you might want to consider the fact that yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the warmest ever December temperature recorded at the airport station.

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On Dec. 151980, it posted a high of 11.4 degrees, which is 56 degrees warmer than the coldest ever December temperature posted at the same station where we note again records date back to 1942.

You might also wish to consider the aforementioned extreme maximum reading was recorded about 12 years before the extreme minimum reading of -44.6 on Dec. 29, 1992.

Meantime, the public debate continues over whether global warming is occurring — and if it is, what has caused it, how much has occurred in modern times, what will be its overall impact, and what action should be taken to curb it.

The newly negotiated Paris Agreement — a global agreement on the reduction of climate change — represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending the U.N. Conference earlier this month in the French capital.

However, it will only become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries together representing at least 55 per cent of global greenhouse emissions.

Clean Energy Canada Executive Director Merran Smith, says its raises the bar for global climate action and marks an important milestone in the global clean energy transition, although it was never meant to be the finish line.

However, James Taylor, Vice-President of the Heartland Institute, says the agreement gives disastrous primacy to politics, political correctness and international wealth transfers at the expense of sound science.

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