Written By: - Date published: 10:37 am, May 16th, 2016 - 181 comments
Categories: climate change, energy, Environment, global warming, International, science, sustainability - Tags: climate change, global warming
April 2016 – the average combined ocean and land surface temperature for this April was 1.29°C above the historical average land and ocean surface temperature for April. And this April was by far the hottest April on a record running back to 1880.
March was the warmest March on record. February was the hottest February on record. The same statement holds for January; for December; November and for every month back through to May of last year. The NOAA website has the figures. At the time of writing, information for April hasn’t yet been added to their pages.
Here’s an animated graphic from the NOAA for atmospheric CO2 measurements from 1979 through to January 2014…then back 800 000 years.
A detail. Notice how the graph goes up to 400ppm atmospheric CO2? Well, 2016 wouldn’t be fitting on that graph. We’re now, or the world is now, existing in a state somewhere above the graph.
The last measuring station on earth to record 400ppm was Cape Grim in Tasmania. It passed 400 ppm last week.
A thought emanating from an observation that Abby Martin made at the end of this presentation (h/t Adam) with regards Bernie Sanders taking the basic message of Occupy to the heart of the US’s recalcitrant mainstream, is it maybe time that people here got together and formed a “global warming” or “climate change” party? This shit we’re causing can’t be ignored. There really is a desperate need to confront the seriousness of our situation, yet no political party is ‘calling it’.