Kerry Warns: 'Our Planet Is Warming'--During Record-Breaking Blizzard

Brittany M. Hughes | November 3, 2014 | 11:38am EST
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Snow and cold at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday where fans waited to watch the New England Patriots play. (AP Photo)

( - “The bottom line is that our planet is warming,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Sunday -- the same day he braved the cold and and the snow to watch the New England Patriots play football in his home state of Massachusetts.

Sunday's snowstorm in Foxborough was the strongest early-November snowstorm in over a century. Groundskeepers had to clear the field before the Patriots could play.

“The bottom line is that our planet is warming due to human actions, the damage is already visible, and the challenge requires ambitious, decisive and immediate action,” Kerry said in a statement released earlier on Sunday. He was reacting to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest climate assessment.

Those who disagree with his position on climate change are “stuck in a debate over ideology and politics,” Kerry said, adding that “[t]hose who choose to ignore or dispute the science so clearly laid out in this report do so at great risk for all of us and for our kids and grandkids.”

Kerry also warned of a “large-scale disaster” if the threat of global warming is not addressed.

On the same day the State Department released Kerry’s statement, a “record-breaker” nor’easter slammed into Massachusetts, bringing with it “the most snow recorded on any Nov. 2 in 120 years,” the Boston Globe reported.

A bundled-up Kerry was seen at the late-afternoon football game at Gillette Stadium, where temperatures dropped into the 20s by 6 p.m., around the time high-wind warnings were issued for nearby areas.

Kerry himself enjoyed the game from an indoor box alongside the Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft.

Over the weekend there were widespread reports of fallen trees, downed power lines and damaged property from the heavy winds, the newspaper stated. An estimated 4,000 residents were left without power for part of the day Sunday due to the storm.

According to satellite data from weather instruments, there has been no evidence of global warming for the past 18 years, reported in September.

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