2015 Is The Earth's Hottest Year On Record

Posted: Jan 21 2016, 1:48am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


2015 is the Earth's Hottest Year on Record
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  • Evidence shows that Global Warming was at its Peak Point in 2015

The evidence recorded by NASA and NOAA shows that global warming was at its peak point in 2015.

The temperature of the earth in 2015 was the hottest since the recording process began in 1880. NASA and NOAA are responsible for recording these latest temperature results.

The temperatures in 2015 were 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit more than those recorded in 2014. Only in the late 90s was the new record greater than the older record. This is a warning sign from Mother Nature. And it must be remedied soon by taking appropriate action. 

NASA has proclaimed the fact that this very warm temperature did not happen all at once. It slowly crept up on mankind over the years. NOAA also corroborated this data by NASA.

2015 has been the warmest year so far. Since the locations and measurements of weather stations change in their duration, the values generated were not so accurate.

Yet when this uncertainty was taken into account the result still showed 2015 to be the hottest of years so far. Leaving ample room and margin for human error, the results are correct upto 94% of the time.  

As a NASA administrator said “Climate change is the challenge of our generation, and NASA’s vital work on this important issue affects every person on earth.”

The official also spoke of how after the data was in, the rest of the leaders and policy makers of the world ought to stand up and take notice. The time to answer the riddle of climate change was now.

2015 was the warmest year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to a new analysis by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The record-breaking year continues a long-term warming trend — 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have now occurred since 2001. Credits: Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center

Since the late 19th century, the average temperature has increased by 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit. This is due to carbon dioxide emissions and other fossil fuels that are being burnt on a massive level.  

The majority of the global warming took place in the past 35 years. 15 of the 16 most warmest of years have been occuring after the year 2001. The previous year was the only time that the temperatures rose by one degree Celsius more than the 1880-1889 figures.

Such weather conditions as El Nino and La Nina could change this trend even further. Through 2015, a warming El Nino was in operation. The weather trends had varying effects on regional temperatures. Thus not every area had high temperatures.

“2015 was remarkable even in the context of the ongoing El Niño,” said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. “Last year’s temperatures had an assist from El Niño, but it is the cumulative effect of the long-term trend that has resulted in the record warming that we are seeing.”

Over 6300 weather stations lend their data to NASA which then compiles them in unified form. The raw data is fed into a computer which then uses an algorithm to calculate the global average temperature. NASA as an agency is here to track the vital signs of planet earth. 

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