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    http://www.sciencealert.com/may-was-...egan-says-nasa

    Our climate is changing, and quickly: NASA says May 2016 was the hottest month on the planet since we started keeping records, with the Arctic in particular seeing temperatures way above what might normally be expected.

    "Abnormal is the new normal," said David Carlson from the World Climate Research Programme, which helped collate the data.

    Meteorologists say increased carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, caused by human emissions, has been made worse this year by the 2016 El Niño.

    "Since human emissions are now 25 percent greater than in the last big El Niño in 1997/98, this all adds up to a record CO2 rise this year," said Richard Betts from the University of Exeter in the UK.


    It is scary to think about; this month has been the hottest EVER. Things need to change drastically soon. I'm hoping that electric cars become mainstream, at least in the UK in the next 10-15 years.
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    Many climate scientists did predict that global warming would start accelerating, and it looks as if 2016 will beat out 2015 as the hottest on record.

    Are the pledges by national governments enough to keep warming below 2C, never mind 1.5C, relative to pre-Industrial levels? No. Will they even keep to their pledges? Certainly not all of them.

    Mass individual action needs to be taken, but there's so much apathy. We all need to make significant changes to our lifestyles: walk, cycle or take public transport; reduce and eliminate meat and dairy consumption; recycle as much as possible, and so on.
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    (Original post by viddy9)
    Many climate scientists did predict that global warming would start accelerating, and it looks as if 2016 will beat out 2015 as the hottest on record.

    Are the pledges by national governments enough to keep warming below 2C, never mind 1.5C, relative to pre-Industrial levels? No. Will they even keep to their pledges? Certainly not all of them.

    Mass individual action needs to be taken, but there's so much apathy. We all need to make significant changes to our lifestyles: walk, cycle or take public transport; reduce and eliminate meat and dairy consumption; recycle as much as possible, and so on.
    Yeah, cycling is a big one, just look at the dutch, while here we're doing quite a lot to make bikes and cycling accessible, it's no where near as mainstream as it is over there.
    I think more needs to be done, not just developing tiny cycling lanes on the sides of roads but actual cycling paths maybe even slightly separated from the roads, because it is pretty scary cycling on the road.
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    I guess it's official then. Global warming is coming to kill us in our sleep.
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    You forgot to mention that records only really began in the 1950's.

    Also that this year is a year of fluctuation for the jet stream which is sitting further North than usual, blocking the cold air.

    It is just another year of fluctuation.

    I like how people who can't predict tomorrows weather can seemingly predict the weather a year or two in advance! Not to mention no computer could handle all the variables involved !
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    The earth's temperature is controlled by the Sun.
 
 
 
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