NASA says April 2016 was the hottest month the world has ever seen.
April 2016 was the hottest month the world has ever seen.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says April was the seventh month in a row to have temperatures over 1 degree Celsius above the 1951-1980 average.
It broke the previous record by 0.24 degrees Celsius.
The NASA map below shows the world's record high temperatures from 65 years ago:
Below, is another NASA map, showing the temperatures in April 2016:
NASA says the probability of 2016 being the hottest year on record now seems very likely.
US-based climate scientist Gavin Schmidt agrees with NASA.
With Apr update, 2016 still > 99% likely to be a new record (assuming historical ytd/ann patterns valid). pic.twitter.com/GTN9sPL2D7— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) May 14, 2016
University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkings tweeted an animation showing how temperatures rose from 1850 to 2016:
Why is this happenning?
This is the big question. A number of factors to consider, but the main reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Carbon dioxide emissions from the industrial sector
- Carbon emissions from transportation
- Methane emissions from animals
- Burning and removing of vegetation
- Excessive farming and increased usage of chemical fertilisers
Social media reaction:
RT if this run of mild weather makes you think about climate change all the time and instead of enjoying it you get more and more depressed.— Mr Salteena (@saniac) May 15, 2016
when people see the change in weather and still don't believe in global warming— (@SUFFlCE) April 5, 2016
If you're smart enough to notice that the weather is different from last year... Then please acknowledge climate change and global warming— Sofia (@s0fiaaax) March 9, 2016
yes, the weather is nice & all, but it shouldn't be this warm during the winter. global warming and climate change are a problem, realize it— agnes (@AgnesDieter) March 6, 2016