The year 2016 has set temperature records as far as turning on the heat is concerned. It has indeed been a very hot year.
There is yet some capacity for the global temperatures to soar again. 2016 was the third consecutive year to set temperature records.
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NASA scientists made the announcement yesterday that global temperatures this year are way higher than in the summer of 2015. While the first six months of 2015 made it a very hot year, 2016 seems to have surpassed it by an even greater margin.
There was nearly unanimous agreement regarding the fact that this year would be the hottest. The world is feeling the effects of heat waves which arrive one after the other. As for the Paris climate treaty, it was a last minute proposal to limit the carbon emissions in order to forestall climate change.
Partially, the rise in temperatures was due to El Nino. The warming waters in the Pacific Ocean caused a lot of heat to be released into the air. El Nino is now coming to a halt and the temperatures are thankfully dropping. It is hoped that 2017 will not show such extremes of heat. Yet the estimates show that it will still be hot indeed.
This year, the temperatures were 1.3 degrees Celsius or 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the average temperatures in 1880. That was when the temperature records began to be kept.
All the regions of the world were affected by the heat wave except for Antarctica. The global warming was specifically at its peak in the Arctic region.
The extent to which the Arctic ice reached was the lowest this year than any other previous year in its history. The proper record keeping of Arctic ice began in 1979.
Whatever the case, 2016 has definitely been extreme in its temperature upheavals. The warming which has risen over the times by 1.5 degrees Celsius is of key importance in understanding the dynamics of the heating up of the global environment.
Mankind has to limit the pollution of the atmosphere and somehow take the temperatures back to pre-industrial times. All these problems began since the 1960s.
They have continues apace and today we find ourselves stuck in this mess. Somehow we have to extricate ourselves from this web of our own making and find a way to a sustainable and healthier planet. That is one where all species (including man of course) will live in symbiosis with each other.
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