Don’t let the cold winter season fool you, the world is getting hot. Really hot.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced that 2015 was “by far” the hottest year in all of its 136 years of record keeping. The year’s temperature averaged to about a sweaty 14.79 degrees Celsius, cranking the heat by a record 0.13 C from 2014.
Even though these numbers might seem small, even a 1 C increase in temperature can have devastating impacts around the globe. Remember, that 0.13 C increase in temperature from last year is measuring how much the entire planet has warmed, which just goes to show how massive and far reaching climate change really is.
“The long-term trends we are seeing…those trends are being driven by an increase in greenhouse gases,” NASA Goodard Institute for Space Studies Director, Gavin Schmidt, said. “This is really just a forerunner of what is to come. We anticipate that the globe will continue to warm, and it will start to warm at an accelerating pace.”
We’re actually already starting to see that. Earth has broken high temperature records four times in the past 11 years. 2014 was previously the hottest year on record, which has now been dethroned by 2015. We can only imagine what the numbers for this year will look like.
You can actually watch the planet warm for yourself in this time lapse video created by NASA: