WE JUST COMPLETED A FULL YEAR OF RECORD-HOT MONTHS
“I’m just in shock,” says one climate scientist. “I wish it weren’t so.”
05/18/2016 | Lydia O’Connor | The Huffington Post
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For the 12th month in a row, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced record-high global temperatures — marking a yearlong heat streak that scientists say is grim sign of climate change in action.
APRIL 2016 WAS THE HOTTEST APRIL EVER RECORDED BY NOAA SINCE IT STARTED TRACKING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES IN 1880, the agency announced Wednesday. This is the 12th consecutive month the agency has identified a monthly global temperature record. That’s the longest such streak NOAA has ever recorded.
“THE APRIL TEMPERATURE ACROSS GLOBAL LAND AND OCEAN SURFACES WAS 1.98°F ABOVE THE 20TH CENTURY AVERAGE OF 56.7°F,” NOAA ANNOUNCED. “THIS WAS THE HIGHEST FOR APRIL IN THE 1880-2016 RECORD, SURPASSING THE PREVIOUS RECORD SET IN 2010 BY 0.50°F.”
THOSE TEMPERATURES ARE STAGGERING, CLIMATOLOGISTS SAY.
“It’s pretty striking,” said Astrid Caldas, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists and a Huffington Post contributor. “I’m just in shock. I wish it weren’t so.”
Caldas noted that she didn’t expect the planet would arrive at this point so quickly.
“I think most climate scientists are surprised at the speed that it’s happening,” she said. “But at the same time, with emissions peaking again last year... everything was pointing to an increased temperature. It’s the amount by which the records are being broken, not the fact that the record’s being broken, that’s really striking.”
WHILE THIS YEAR’S POWERFUL EL NIÑO CONTRIBUTED TO THE YEARLONG STREAK, IT’S DEFINITELY NOT THE ROOT CAUSE, CLIMATE SCIENTISTS EMPHASIZED.
“THE OVERALL RISE IN [TEMPERATURE] IS CLEARLY GLOBAL WARMING, BUT PUNCTUATED BY ADDED SPIKES FROM EL NIÑO,” Kevin Trenberth, a senior scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, explained in an email.
“WE ARE BREAKING RECORDS BY 3 TO 4 TENTHS OF DEGREE C, WHEREAS EVEN THE LARGEST EL NIÑOS... ONLY BOOST GLOBAL TEMPERATURES BY 1 TO 2 TENTHS OF A DEGREE C,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist and director of Pennsylvania State University’s Earth System Science Center, told The Huffington Post in an email. “Even neglecting the possibility that climate change itself is leading to more monster El Niños... El Niño cannot explain the majority of this record warmth. Climate change is clearly playing a key role in the record warmth.”
NASA also recently announced that April 2016 was the hottest April on record, although it considers it to have been the 7th consecutive monthly record, not the 12th. NASA uses slightly different dates than NOAA to determine the long-term average temperatures, and it says that September 2014 was warmer than September 2015 — a finding that Mann says might be more accurate than NOAA’s.
Regardless, neither agency is denying that the past 12 months have been marked by disastrous heat-related climate events.
“I think it is quite clear that climate change has played a key role in SEVERAL RECORD WEATHER EVENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR, INCLUDING RECORD STRENGTH HURRICANES (BOTH THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE SAW THEIR MOST INTENSE HURRICANES ON RECORD DURING THE PAST YEAR), AN UNPRECEDENTED, STILL ONGOING CALIFORNIA DROUGHT, AND RAGING CANADIAN WILDFIRES UNLIKE ANYTHING WE’VE SEEN SO EARLY IN THE FIRE SEASON,” MANN WROTE. “AND THAT’S JUST A FEW EXAMPLES.”
CALDAS POINTED TO THE FLOODS IN TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA LAST MAY.
“THEY HAVE THE SIGNATURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE,” SHE SAID, NOTING THAT WARMER WEATHER ALLOWS THE ATMOSPHERE TO HOLD MORE MOISTURE. “THE HEAVY DOWNPOURS ARE GETTING HEAVIER.”
THE RECENT WIDESPREAD CORAL BLEACHING, SHE ADDED, HAS BEEN LINKED TO WATER TEMPERATURES BEING SO HIGH THAT CORAL IS LOSING THE ABILITY TO COPE.
International negotiations will be key to mitigating even greater temperature rise in the next 12 months, climatologists say.
“The Paris Agreement needs to be implemented, country by country,” Trenberth said. He added that he’d like to see a universal price on carbon implemented globally — “but politically that will be tough.”
Given the United States’ critical role in the Paris agreement, it’s crucial that the next presidential administration continue taking the lead on climate issues, Mann said.
“We will need to decide in this next presidential election whether we want to continue the progress that the current administration has made, or throw it all away by electing a climate change denier president,” he wrote. “The fate of the Earth does quite literally lie in the balance.”
You also, dickw, like fraudney must stop the deception. To maintain integrity with respect to your self-expression you must stop using ".. hmmmmmmm .." which implies some kind of thought taking place. Everyone knows that for you RWNJs the impulse to speak or otherwise produce words totally short-circuits your frontal and prefrontal cortex, in fact, rarely gets above your limbic system on its way to your vocal cords or to the one finger or pencil with which you type.
The Patriotic Right Wing (PRW) has proved you climate changers wrong again and again. You are going to have to find some other hoax to foist on the people. They are starting to get wise to the Crazy Left Wing (CLW) scheme to bankrupt the US treasury in your efforts to transform the country into total socialism. Some would call that not only crazy but traitorous as well.
Hjhmmmmmm, don't think I can agree with your assessment at all. First of all Trump is not a polished lying politician like HRC. Your measurement of her lies has to be faulty if you just consider Benghazi and her security violations alone. Of course, you can't help it you can't identify her security violation lies when you know nothing about the clearance process. Sprinkle in the ideological bias of the writer and the article is useless.
Honestly, dickw, "AUTHORITARIAN" doesn't fit Hillary as well as it fits The Donald, or yourself, for that matter.
....."THE 'MADMAN THEORY' OF DONALD TRUMP: WHAT'S THE GOP SUPPOSED TO DO ABOUT A LYING, AUTHORITARIAN DEMAGOGUE?"......
Elk, a charge like that could easily be reversed and applied to Hillary Clinton. Putting aside your political ideology and using your common sense, I'm sure you would agree. Right?
Re: "Looks like you are avoiding my point, elk."
And, dickw, precisely what is your racist point about Obama's past?
....................."Orangutan who is a serial liar, narcissistic sociopath. ............."
YOU SHOULDN'T TALK ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON LIKE THAT.
"I take it......."
Ya take it right, elky-san, that the WORD of GOD is Iindeed the TRUTH, the gospel and a two edged SWORD. I don't know who "alex jones" is, but I know who GOD is, aa SPIRIT, nd those who serve him MUST serve HIM in SPIRIT and in TRUTH....John 4:24, try listening to HIM sometime., read HIS WORD, study it, understand it, and write it on the tablet of ya dark little heart, elky-san......hehehehehehehehehehe
Flop, talk about an agent of darkness. Why do you become so vicious wen the subject turns to religion, especially Christianity? And am I reading you right that you approve of the recent federal mandate that would have your daughter share the shower room with strange men? Please do not dodge this question.
I take it, fraudney, that you are saying here that you agree with the Alex Jones conspiracy. If so I commend you for your honesty. Now if you and ace can just get dickw to be as up front about his racism you will contribute to helping him feel better about himself through the same greater honesty.
Re: "... make America great and Christian again,,,C"
2 Corinthians and three anorexic models walked into a bar ......... which one said "bum seems to have a great fear of being seen in any way as sympathetic to fairies."
I wonder how he deals with Caitlyn Jenner, formerly one of the great male athletes in world history. And what about bum's great hero, the ole Trumpster who is going to stop the fairies from destroying the world, and the fact that he was man enough to say he would, and then followed through on, letting Caitlyn Jenner pee in whatever rest room she felt more at ease in at Trump Tower. That the ole Trumpster did that must be somewhat discomfiting to bum who we must assume has less confidence about his own manhood than has the ole Trumpster.
Think about it, what an odd, sad statement it is ".. the fairies are trying to destroy our great country .." How pathetic are these characters?
When John Miller aka Donald Trump takes off his make up and orange hair he becomes a man? That is what you mean? And you called him a fairy? Wow....I thought you liked that baby trapped in a man's body?
Take off the makeup and the ape becomes a man,, and the fairies are trying to destroy our great country but the ole Trumpster is to put a stop to all that in short term,, make America great and Christian again,,,
So, why are you an agent of darkness? All you do is speak about truth while lying through the little pointy rat teeth....hummm....hehehehe