With each passing month, it would seem that the effects of climate change can be felt all over the globe. In fact, temperatures found in the month of May of this year were the hottest ever recorded, according to scientists. They have even stated that it makes the “abnormal the new normal.”
Climate Change is Making the Abnormal the New Normal
For May 2016, it was the 13th month in a row wherein temperatures were recorded to be at an above average level for the time of year, and this made a lot of climate change watchers filled with worry. It is also the same month wherein there were recorded rises in levels of carbon dioxide in Antarctica, which is the last region that should be affected by high concentrations of greenhouse gas.
2016 is now becoming the hottest year on record, and it is also revealed that the northern hemisphere has already experienced its warmest temperatures ever in spring. According to date from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, global temperature records have broken across sea and land back in May. It was at 15.67-degrees Celsius and it is a level that is 0.87-degrees Celsius hotter than the 20th century average of 14.8-degrees Celsius.
Even though there is the El Niño weather system, which has ended, it had strongly influenced global weather. Scientists insist that the cause for the change in climate, more particularly that of the warming of the temperatures, were greenhouse gases that were released into the atmosphere. The main culprit? Humans.
David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, said the following: “The state of the climate so far this year gives us much cause for alarm. Exceptionally high temperatures. Ice melt rates in March and May that we don’t normally see until July. Once-in-a-generation rainfall events. The super El Niño is only partly to blame. Abnormal is the new normal.”
The region that is particularly badly affected by what has been happening is the Arctic as sea ice has begun melting earlier this year. As for snowfall across the northern hemisphere, it was now described as “exceptionally low,” according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Climate change is affecting more regions this year as it did in previous years. Mr. Carlson stated the following: “The rapid changes in the Arctic are of particular concern. What happens in the Arctic affects the rest of the globe. The question is – will the rate of change continue? Will it accelerate? We are in uncharted territory.”
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