Well, it’s sadly, but not surprisingly, official.
2016 has been declared the hottest year in history since mankind began measuring earth’s surface temperature in 1880. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), among others, announced today that 2016 is the hottest year on record.
2016 broke the record set just one year before in 2015. And 2015 had broken the record set just one year before that, in 2014. As such, 2016 is the 3rd year in a row of record-breaking temperatures as carbon emissions continue to warm earth’s climate to alarming heights.
During this recent warming streak, every month from May of 2015 through August of 2016 was the hottest month since scientific data was first collected in 1880.
And if that’s not enough, July and August of 2016 tied in setting a new record as the hottest month of any month in recorded, scientific history.
As earth’s temperature continues to set records virtually every year, all of us must work together to cease our reliance on fossil fuels and shift our energy production to sustainable solutions such as wind and solar power before it’s too late. Whether we do this in our local community, state or nation it needs to happen and happen fast.
Annual Global Temperature: Difference From 20th Century Average, in °F