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January was the ninth straight month of record-breaking global warmth


January was another record-hot month for our planet, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Even more shockingly, it was also the most abnormally warm month ever recorded and the ninth month in a row of record-breaking global temperature. According to NASA’s preliminary analysis, the global temperature departure was 1,13 degrees Celsius above average in January, a warmer departure than any other month on record. It is the fourth month in a row that the global departure has been more than 1 degree Celsius, which is an incredibly significant benchmark after leaders agreed in Paris to not allow Earth’s temperature to rise above 2 degrees and 1,5 degrees if possible. NOAA reports that January’s global temperature was 1,04 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. The reports come only a few weeks after 2015 was named the warmest year by a large margin. Though the warm El Niño event in the Pacific Ocean certainly played a role in the record, greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels have been turning up the heat on our planet for decades.

It was also during a very strong El Niño when Earth last saw nine record months in a row from 1997 to 1998 but all of those months have since fallen down the rankings, only to be replaced by even hotter months in much warmer years. It was the second-warmest January for areas over land, says NOAA but the warmest on record by far for the oceans, which blew the previous warmest January out of the water by 0,25 degrees Celsius.

The warmth was most alarming in the Arctic, where NASA’s temperature map depicts a large swath of anomalous warmth. NASA’s analysis reveals that temperatures were 2,2 to 7,3 degrees Celsius above average in the Arctic circle in January. This lead to a dramatic reduction in Arctic sea ice, which the National Snow and Ice Data Centre is now reports hit a new low for the month more than 776 996 square kilometres below average.

Source: The Washington Post
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Very scary information this!
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Yep Nav, I fear for my kids and grand kids one day!
The good news though is that the high levels of CO2 is leading to increased plant growth which just love CO2 and heat.......BUT they need water and that is what is seriously lacking.
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