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Saturday, January 3, 2015

What 2014 Was -- And Why It Matters


According to Scientific American:

2014 to Be Hottest Year Ever Measured


Yes, 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded in the history of humankind (though admittedly, in the "big picture" of things, that's a short time frame--around 150 years or so).

This year will likely be the hottest on record for the planet, with global temperatures 1.03 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the 1961-to-1990 average, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization.

But here's why this is important and why we should do something about it. It's part of a far bigger trend:

This would make 2014 the 38th consecutive year with an anomalously high annual global temperature.

Each year for the past 38 years--nearly 4 straight decades, the new year tops the other in temperature increase.

Clearly, that's a trend.

And it's not a trend sitting there, all by itself. Here's another, rather obvious result:

Now you see it, now you don't - Climate 365 graphic

And satellite images show it, in case there are any disbelievers out there:

Other possible effects this could and will likely have in the future for us:



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