Climate change is making its stand. While the good news is that we passed through the very hot July that was felt throughout the world, the bad news is that this was the hottest month to have ever been recorded on Earth. And things don’t look like they are going to be getting any better soon.
July 2015 was the hottest month that was recorded our planet ever since modern temperature records started being kept back 1880. Federal scientists announced on Thursday that our planet is becoming hotter with every passing year and, at the moment, there is not much we can do to stop it.
One of the many states that was affected by the heat was California and while climate change is not the main cause for the high temperatures, it is only adding more fuel to the fire. To make matters worse, it was discovered that the rising temperatures in the area have contributed to evaporation of water sources, which made California’s drought 15 to 20 percent worse than it actually should be.
Imagine that everything you’ve read up until this point is only the good part. El Niño is currently roaming the Pacific and it is going to warm the oceans and release more heat into the atmosphere. This might just make 2015 the hottest year to have ever been recorded, just above 2014, which was also a very heated year.
Jake Crouch, physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Asheville, North Carolina, has stated that “the world is warming” and these is significant evidence in all the data that is being recorded. The average temperature on land and sea was 61.68 degrees Fahrenheit, equal to 16.48 degrees Celsius.
This temperature broke the record established back in 1998. With how much you might ask. One-seventh of a degree, which scientists consider to be shockingly high for a year-to-year margin. It is officially the hottest month ever.
And the consequences are here for us to witness: approximately 400 thousand acres lit up and burned in California this year, five U.S. Forest Service firefighters died on duty and Stanton Florea, a spokesman for the institution, declared 2015 as “a terrible year”.
Overall, it’s not looking good and we need to somehow stop this wild temperate growth that might doom us all. While the world continues to struggle, we only have hope that the climate change will make a slight turn to something a little more cold, as heat certainly does not make things easy.
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