2016 will be hottest year on record: NASA says

2016 will be hottest year on record: NASA says

Last month was the hottest September and 2016 will be the hottest year ever since record-keeping started, NASA researchers cautioned.

According to NASA researchers, the month of September this year beat 2014 September by a minute margin of 0.004°C (0.007°F). The month’s average temperature is 0.91°C or 1.64°F higher than the average temperature for the month recorded in the four decades starting in the 1950s.

However, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a government agency that tracks temperatures differently, estimated that this year’s September was the second warmest on record, by a very tiny margin.

Gavin Schmidt, the director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), warned that there’s a 99 per cent chance that the current year will set a new world heat record.

Speaking on the issue, Schmidt added, “With emissions continuing at the rate they’re going a little while longer, I see no way to argue that we aren’t handing off plenty of climate impacts to future generations.”

In February, the average global temperature was 1.2°C (2.2°F) higher than the previous year’s average temperature. The recent temperature records brought global warming closer to the 2°C (3.6°F) level of warming that researchers have warned could lead to worst effects of climate change.


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