The Heat Stayed On In 2016
U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.
Chris Mooney, January 18, 2017 (Washignton Post)
“…[T]wo leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014…Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2015, and featured eight successive months (January through August) that were individually the warmest since the agency’s record began in 1880…The average temperature across the world’s land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 Fahrenheit, or 1.69 degrees above the 20th century average of 57 degrees…[T]he record for the global temperature has now successively been broken five times since the year 2000. The years 2005 and 2010 were also record warm years…NASA concurred with NOAA…[President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the Environmental Protection Agency] has written that the “debate” over climate change is “far from settled”…[In hearings, State Department nominee Rex Tillerson and Interior Department nominee Ryan Zinke acknowledged] at least some human contribution to the phenomenon…[Scientists largely agree climate] change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is serious….” click here for more