Earth Had Its 3rd Hottest Year In A Row In 2016

Jan 21, 2017, 00:31

Still, the overall global trend in temperature since 1880 has been going nowhere but up.

Scientists mostly blame man-made global warming with help from the natural El Niño climate phenomenon, which appeared in early 2016 but has since disappeared. The agency also noted that the record for the global temperature now has been broken five times since the 2000.

The information was gathered by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information and NASA, and they found that for "eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat".

The year 2016 has officially been named as the hottest year on record, making it the third year in a row to rank hotter than all previous years.

"This was the third year in a row in our analysis to set a new record".

All these estimations are supported by those of worldwide weather groups, including the World Meteorological Organization.

Other reasons were phenomenons like El Niño and La nina. In 2016, the region recorded mean temperatures that were 3 °C higher than the global mean.

"Within just a decade or two, we can expect these record hot temperatures to become average or even cool years because of further greenhouse warming". This is 0.04 degrees Celsius higher than 2015.

NASA credited carbon dioxide "and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere" for a rise by about 2.0 degrees in the Earth's average surface temperature since the late 19th century.

"The final figures confirm that 2016 was yet another extremely warm year", said Peter Stott from the Met Office.

"Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit (0.99 degrees Celsius) warmer than the mid-20th century mean", NASA wrote in their statement.

This prolonged period of warming was having significant impacts around the world.

Antarctica likewise had a retreat of sea ice. "We also have to pay attention to the potential release of methane from melting permafrost", he said.

And while some members of the incoming Trump administration have called human-impacted climate change into question, the researchers were clear about one thing: this warming is on us.

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