In the news by Holly Royce
A recent report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) compiled by over 350 international scientists has concluded that 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record.
2012 was a record-breaking year for the world’s climate, with new extremes for sea levels, temperatures, snow coverage and ice melts.
These figures have all been recorded over the last 10 months in Australia alone –
- Australia’s hottest day on record
- Australia’s hottest week on record
- Australia’s hottest month on record
- Australia’s hottest summer on record
- Australia’s hottest September to June (10 months) on record.
Every calendar month since September 2012 has had temperatures of 0.5°C or more above normal.
It was obviously a year for record breaking, with the report also stating the world’s highest levels of greenhouse gases were released by burning fossil fuels in 2012.
For the first time, in Spring 2012, the atmospheric CO2 concentration exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) at seven of the 13 Arctic observation sites, the report said.
“Many of the events that made 2012 such an interesting year are part of the long-term trends we see in a changing and varying climate—carbon levels are climbing, sea levels are rising, Arctic sea ice is melting, and our planet as a whole is becoming a warmer place,” said acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D.
To Below is a youTube clip from NASA showing Temperature Data from 1880-2011 in just 30 seconds. You will note that as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, industry and vehicles have increased, temperatures have climbed, most notably since the late 1970s.-
In this animation reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.
The following is table from NASA showing predicted impacts of climate change that have become the norm.
This table shows predicted future trends and their likelihood of occurring – these trends are very scary, and very real.
All of this data shows the urgency involved in acting on dangerous climate change now! It may seem a daunting task, but in fact every little bit you do to make your life more sustainable will make a difference.
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