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Lightbulb Global heat wave pushes planet into uncharted territory

Last month was the hottest February on earth in 137 years of record keeping, according to data released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

It's the 10th consecutive month to set a new record, and it puts 2016 on course to set a third straight annual record.

It was a big month, not only the hottest February but the most unusual warmth for any month on record. Unprecedented temperatures in the Arctic, averaging an astonishing 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, melted away layers of ice to record-low levels. The heat helped prolong the longest planet-wide coral bleaching event. These grim milestones coincide with the biggest recorded jump in carbon dioxide, the most important greenhouse gas.

To be sure, some of this is the result of a monster El Nino weather pattern lingering in the Pacific Ocean. But the broader trend is clear: We live on a planet that is warming rapidly, with no end in sight.Since 1980, the world has set a new annual temperature record roughly every three years, and 15 of the hottest 16 years ever measured are in the 21st century.

The El Nino that started last year produced some of the hottest temperatures ever witnessed across great swaths of the equatorial Pacific. By some measures, this may now be the most extreme El Nino record. It has triggered powerful typhoons, spoiled harvests in Africa and contributed to vast fires in Indonesia. In California, El Nino precipitation is replenishing the snowpack and beginning to refill drought-ravished reservoirs.

Results from the world's top monitoring agencies vary slightly, but NASA, NOAA and the Japan Meteorological Agency all agree that February was unprecedented. Its heat was experienced differently around the world, though few regions escaped it entirely. The most extreme heat swept the Arctic, where ice levels were at the lowest on record for this time of year.

The heat in the Arctic is especially worrisome, as the region provides a powerful feedback loop for global warming. As the ice melts, it reflects less of the sun's warming rays back into space. The permafrost also serves as a giant repository for carbon, which is released as carbon dioxide and methane as the ice melts. Melting ice is therefore both a result of current global warming and a trigger for future warming.

While El Nino conditions have peaked, they're still strong and may continue to a lesser extent through June,according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center. Then it's pretty much a coin toss whether the Pacific returns to more neutral temperatures or even a cooler La Nina pattern.

Either way, the planetary warming trend continues.


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why are we afraid of climate change? its a natural flux that the earth has gone through many times. Extra CO2 in the air is good for plants, not bad, since that's what they "eat".

Water pollution is not good, I agree with that, but climate change is natural.
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But when we keep cutting down more and more plants every day that are supposed to consume that C02 - that's not good. Sucks we only have a short span of climate data to base things on, who knows at some point Antarctica could have been habitable and ice free and the cold shifted entirely North. Regardless, its getting warmer and things are shifting.
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But when we keep cutting down more and more plants every day that are supposed to consume that C02 - that's not good. Sucks we only have a short span of climate data to base things on, who knows at some point Antarctica could have been habitable and ice free and the cold shifted entirely North. Regardless, its getting warmer and things are shifting.
they are, but we don't know if it is caused by man kind or not. Stinks to climate change, we need to focus on things that affect us directly, like keeping our water clean, and consuming natural resources at a slower rate.
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There is a sustainable way of living and supporting our population, and there is the way we are doing things which is no where close to the latter.
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There is a sustainable way of living and supporting our population, and there is the way we are doing things which is no where close to the latter.
I only quoted this because it needed to be said again. I have nothing to add.
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agreed 100%, so why are we caring about climate change, something we cannot effect, and not focusing more on things that we can effect?
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www.geoengineeringwatch.org Look Up and Wake Up People.
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But when we keep cutting down more and more plants every day that are supposed to consume that C02 - that's not good. Sucks we only have a short span of climate data to base things on, who knows at some point Antarctica could have been habitable and ice free and the cold shifted entirely North. Regardless, its getting warmer and things are shifting.
Well Oregon has very strict logging laws.. they are planting more than harvesting.. doesn't everyone remember back when they gave crazy numbers that "at the rate we r harvesting we will run out of trees within "x" amount of years... we r no where close to running out of trees.. IMHO regulations are too strict.. when your state is complaining about lack of jobs and we need to raise minimum wage cause u can't support a family on that.. just remind yourself how many jobs are blocked because of government regulations. . Portland Oregon is a great example.. they have set such strict "growth boundaries " that they've made the construction industry absolutely tank.. thus causing the countries fastest rising rent.. and then they have the nerve to propose rent control.. it's your property u should be the only one who should be able to set your rental cost..
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www.geoengineeringwatch.org Government at its finest. It's incredible the amount of people that don't look up and see what's going on above them. Absolutely clueless to say the least.
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bring some of this global warming to Idaho. I'm freezing my ass off out here!
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So when we getting the coldest year on record?
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Last month was the hottest February on earth in 137 years of record keeping

I'm not making an argument one way or the other on "climate change" but the hottest in 137 years, think about that. The earth is 4.5 billion years old.

If the age of earth were a day, humans would have arrived on earth at 11:58:43pm. (representing 200,000 or so years.)

So 200,000 years = 77 seconds on this timeline.

That means 1 year = .000385 seconds.

So that 137 years = about .053 seconds in that "day."

Just putting some perspective on that "hottest in 137 years" statistic.
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Meanwhile it's May and in Southern Tennessee our high today is going to only be 63 and the mountains on the NC border to my east just got 2 inches of snow....
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