The Earth’s temperature reportedly reached another record high in February this year, providing further evidence that the problem of global warming is only getting worse. The data, compiled and released by NASA, showing that global temperatures smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, warns of an imminent climate emergency.
What could possibly be more worrying than that? Well, it turns out that the monthly record broken by February was only set the month before, showing a big spike in temperature over a short period of time.
On the matter, Eric Holthaus wrote in Slate that “Data released Saturday from NASA confirms that February 2016 was the warmest month ever measured globally, at 1.35 degrees Celsius above the long-term average”. He added: “The new NASA data confirms unofficial data released earlier this month showing a dramatic and ongoing surge in the planet’s temperature—if anything, that data were an underestimate”.
One of the main culprits for this dramatic rise is El Niño, the regular warming in the Pacific Ocean that can have tremendous effects on temperature and rainfall around the world.
According to NASA, another big factor in the February shocking result is a superheated Arctic. Large parts of Alaska, Canada, eastern Europe, and Russia, as well as much of the Arctic Ocean, went up by more than 4.0°C above average for the month. This unusual warmth helped drive Arctic sea ice to its lowest February extent on record in February 2016.
Andrew Freedman, writing for Mashable, points out that “studies indicate that with the highest levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere in all of human history, global average temperatures may now be higher than any time since at least 4,000 years ago“.
Many countries around the world suffer severe consequences of this terrifying rise in global temperatures. Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Fiji each have already suffered billions of dollars in damage from their 2016 droughts, reports Wunderground.