Climate change, bad engineering, or bad luck?

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Recently I attended the 5th annual WERF Forum in Chicago to hear about the latest research in the wastewater field. The final speaker was Nancy Beller-Simms of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who reported that global temperatures in 2012 were the tenth highest on record. In addition, she said that 2012 was the warmest and most extreme weather year on record in the US. Coincidentally, heavy rains and flooding struck Chicago during the forum, washing away a January spell of 60 degree temperature.

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