Feeling the heat

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Climate change scientist Noah S. Diffenbaugh, professor of the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University in California, in the US, is one of a large group of experts who believe that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded. Global temperatures have been recorded since about 1881. His assertion has been confirmed by heavyweights like the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), run by the US Department of Commerce. A NOAA public statement read: “The average global temperature was 1.69 degrees F above the average of 57.2 degrees, surpassing the record set in 2015 by 0.13 degrees F.” In November 2016, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a report linking human-induced climate change to extreme heat.

The report was backed by climate scientists such as Richard Seager from Columbia University, who said: “It is urgent that all the world intensify efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouses gases.” Eco-warriors are worried that new US president, Donald Trump, could scupper major efforts made in the past to deal with climate change. Many call Trump a “climate change denier”. Many also believe that Trump plans to withdraw America from the Paris climate agreement, signed at the Paris Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP21) in December 2015, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C by the second half of the century. 

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