Saturday, January 23, 2016

2015 Was The Hottest Year On Record! (GRAPHICS & VIDEO)

Global Temperature anomaly map as provided by NASA GISS.
2015 was the hottest year ever since we have started keeping records.

Scientists confirmed that average global temperatures in 2015 were the highest in 136 years.

New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now declare that 2015 was the planet's hottest year on record marking the first time in history that average land and sea surface temperatures surged 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (one full degree Celsius) beyond those of the 19th century.

The research once again emphasized that rising greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for record temperatures, independent of weather cycles such as the current warming trend in the central Pacific.

For those that believe this record was an outlier ten of 2015’s monthly global temperatures either tied or broke existing records as shown by this chart care of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAAand the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)...

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What’s more worrisome is that the majority of the warming has happened over the past 35 years, and 15 of the 16 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001, according to NASA.

For a troubling overview of the global effects of climate change here is another chart from NOAA and NCEI

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Gavin Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, explained that the record shattering heat is a direct result of excess carbon dioxide created by deforestation and burning fossil fuels for energy which in turn causes heat to be trapped in our atmosphere.

Schmidt says…

The trend over time is why we’re having a record warm year. There is no indication that that trend has slowed, paused, or ‘hiatused’ in the past few decades.
What we’re going to see are more and clearer impacts as the climate warms. We’re on a trajectory that, because the carbon cycle is very out of balance right now, can’t be turned around easily.

Schmidt underscored that while climate change can’t be linked to every extreme weather event, it has been firmly linked to severe heat waves, loss of Arctic sea ice, rising sea levels, and the melting of glaciers around the world. “We’ll expect that to continue into 2016,” he said, “as global warming continues.

Thomas R. Karl
Thomas R. Karl, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information explained that the globe’s combined average ocean and land surface temperatures in 2015 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average and a quarter of a degree Fahrenheit warmer than in 2014.

Karl finished by adding that 2015 had been the largest year-on-year increase in record-breaking global temperatures.

Now that a particularly strong El Niño-based warming– trend is under way, Schmidt and Karl said, scientists believe it could combine with 2015’s high sea surface temperatures to make 2016 another record-breaking hot year.

If that happens, it will be the first time in the 136-year record that three record-breaking hot years have occurred in a row.

In order to combat the catastrophic trend of global warming climate researchers have suggested that an 80 percent cut in carbon emissions between now and 2050 could stabilize the climate. But as of today there’s no evidence that the world as a whole, let alone America, has the will or want to make that happen.

In case all this information wasn't scary enough here is a video illustrating Earth’s long-term warming trend, showing temperature changes from 1880 to 2015...

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