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2015 Climate Data Show Frenzied Extremes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 4, 2016 1:42:16 PM

Across the board, from local weather patterns to global heating, the Earth is showing us her displeasure with business-as-usual.

From Climate Central, Reporting by Andrea Thompsonsuperstorm.jpg

The warming of the world’s climate has reached a fever pitch in recent years, causing records to fall like dominoes. In 2015, the planet saw a number of such records set, from the hottest global temperature measured to the largest annual increase in carbon dioxide.

Those records — along with numerous other indicators of the considerable change wrought on land, in the oceans and air, and to ecosystems — are detailed in the annual State of the Climate Report released Tuesday by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report, now in its 26th year and published as a special edition of the journal Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, was put together by 456 authors in 62 countries and provides a checkup of Earth’s health.

“We have to understand how the planet is changing and varying . . . in order to understand where we may be going in the future,” Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said during a press teleconference.

Read More at Climate Central.


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