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2015: Record Breaking Heat
January 29, 2016
2015 was the hottest year on record, surpassing 2014 by 0.16 C (0.29 F), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. Not only is this a record; it’s also the widest margin by which a record for global average annual temperature has been broken.
It looks like climate change is advancing rapidly.
El Nino played a small part in the record-breaking heat by causing short-term spikes in average global temperatures. El Nino is a natural event causing ocean surface temperatures to increase in the equatorial Pacific, resulting in complex weather patterns. However, it is not to blame for the progressively long-term warming that has been observed over the past 100 years.
Scientific evidence predicts 2016 will be even warmer and will break this record. That seems to suggest that breaking records is becoming the new norm.
If we continue to burn fossil fuels, there’s no way we will break out of this cycle. That’s why we urgently need to implement the Clean Power Plan to transition from coal to renewable energy sources.