Both 2014 and 2015 were very hot years and set records in global warming, but now 2016 has smashed those records, making it the third consecutive year for record-breaking temperatures, a first in the modern era and most unfortunately 2016 was the hottest year by a wide margin, being 1.69 F. (0.94C) warmer than the average, annual, temperature over the last 100 years. Also read our new post Ocean Warming Faster: New Research Shows. (photo – Thomas Vogel/via PBS & Getty Images)
Including 2016, 15 of the hottest 16 years have occurred since 2001.
“The fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.” Was expressed by the chief of global climate monitoring at NOAA, Deke Arndt.
“The likelihood of this having happened in the absence of human-caused global warming is minimal. … the spate of record-warm years that we have seen in the 21st century can only be explained by human-caused climate change. The effect of human activity on our climate is no longer subtle. It’s plain as day, as are the impacts….that it is having on us and our planet.” Said Dr, Michael Mann, director of the Earth Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. (photo – via Popular Science Part)
Data that Cannot be Denied, Hopefully!
Hopefully this data on global warming is so unambiguous that it cannot be ignored even by President-elect Donald Trump, two days before he takes office. Confirmation hearings are on-going for consideration of Scott Pruitt as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is infamous for his lawsuits filed against the EPA, attempting to block enforcement of clean water, clean air and climate change regulations.
Read more on 2016’s record setting temperatures and global warming at EcoWatch.