2015 was the Hottest Year on Record
Intense droughts, increased wild fires, mass animal die offs, severe weather increasing all across the globe. There is no denying that Earth has been rapidly warming the last few years. It is quickly become one of the largest challenges current and future generations will face.
Global average temperature has risen by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius) in 2015 when compared to 2014. This makes 2015 the hottest year since modern record keeping began in 1880. Now the El Niño weather pattern in 2015 can be a contributing factor in the warmer temperatures. But there is no denying that the global temperature is on the rise with or without an El Niño weather pattern.
Two separate US agencies, NOAA and NASA, performed separate studies and both have come to the conclusion that 2015 is the warmest year on record. This corresponds with reports performed by Japanese and British scientific groups that have come to the same conclusion.
According to NASA:
Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. Last year was the first time the global average temperatures were 1 degree Celsius or more above the 1880-1899 average.
Now what can you do to help stop global warming? Well to be honest, recycling, reducing water usage and waste, these are great things but even if every human was great about it, it would have little impact in reducing global warming. That is not to say you shouldn’t do those. We still need to look at ourselves in how to make our communities and the world a better place.
The biggest impact we CAN have is with our wallet and with our votes. Shop at stores that you know are pushing the boundaries of green initiatives, buy products that are cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Making these choices with your wallet will pave the road for more business’s to go green. Secondly, vote politicians that believe in green initiates. We need to continue to push the government to increase incentives for companies to reduce emissions.
These things together can change the culture of how us humans look at the Earths resources. If we can get these companies to look at how they can go green as well as making the small changes in our daily lives, we can have a big impact in creating a sustainable future.
NOAA – (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) – Website
NASA – (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) – Website